So the piece I'm planning, hopefully to novel length, includes a number of characters with mental illnesses, being that it's set in a mental health care facility. I've got ten characters, one of which is female, seven of which (including the female) are diagnosed with differing disorders. What I'd like to know is whether these disorders seem realistic enough. A man whose eyes vibrate constantly because his brain puts him in a state near to REM sleep/lucid dreaming nearly constantly. Medication (Benzodiazepine) stops the shaking and sedates him, but in the time between the effects wearing off and taking the drugs again, his perceptions of reality suffer. He commit himself to find comfort, but under low security repeatedly attempted to escape. He now suffers vague feelings of persecution under high security. A woman who suffers from trichotillomania (compulsive urges to pull hair out) and gynophobia (fear of women). She also has schizophreniform disorder (exactly like schizophrenia, but more intermittent) which is believed to be the cause of the mania and phobia. She killed her lesbian lover. A man whose psychoneurosis makes him suffer from extremely violent tics which often cause him to flail about wildly if he lets the stress or rage build up. Also has a brain lesion causing constant insomnia unless he is medicated. After a particularly painful episode, he accidentally knocked a woman into heavy traffic. She did not die, but he was committed for the safety of the public. A violent, delusional megalomaniac. Once attempted to fire his boss. Following being fired himself, he "led" a one-man "takeover" of an office building where a relative worked and maimed two people with a katana and killed a third. An old man who has eleutherophobia (fear of freedom). He hates being outside, even when surrounded by fences, because the trees are free and so are the animals. Unknown (and unimportant) how he was institutionalised. A ligyrophobic man (fear of loud noises) who winces every time people speak too loudly near him. He enjoys time outside. He is a paranoid schizophrenic, and though he feels safe around the main character, he refuses to speak about anybody else. Unknown (and unimportant) how he was institutionalised. A man who suffers from echolalia (the compulsion to repeat what another has just said), but also has a stutter. He was teased heavily for both these things while growing up. May be a delusional schizophrenic as he believes that he has already killed himself to shut out "the voices, the laughter". Unknown (and unimportant) how he was institutionalised. To recap, I'm not asking for any suggestions for extra characters or people in the facility (but if you have any, feel free to go ahead). What I want to know is if from both a clinical and personal point of view, these seem like realistic disorders and reasons for being committed (only the first four have reasons for institutionalisation because they share group therapy sessions with the main character. So, any fundamental flaws that you lot can see? The main character, if you must know, is diagnosed as a schizophrenic. He suffers from every kind of hallucination at once while his limbs begin to shake. The shakes are believed to be caused by his prior alcoholism, though he was never a true alcoholic; the shakes and hallucinations are caused by psychic phenomena.