Hamlet, a prince of Denmark, is one of the most famous characters in all literature. His personality has been analyzed by many scholars and psychologists over the years. One such scholar who focused on Hamlet’s personality disorder was Dr Hervey Maudsley (1835-1913).

In his book “The Natural History of Insanity,” he postulates that Hamlet suffered from bipolar disorder because he exhibits characteristics of both manic depression and schizophrenia.

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By evaluating the dramatic conventions in the excerpt, the reader can conclude that hamlet will, at times, be manic and hyperactive; other times depressed and lethargic.

Article Content: Hamlet is an intensely complex character that has been analyzed by many scholars across the globe for centuries.

His personality disorder has not yet been officially diagnosed but there have been various theories proposed in order to explain his mental instability.

Dr Hervey Maudsley postulates in “The Natural History of Insanity” that Hamlet suffered from bipolar disorder because he exhibits characteristics of both manic depression and schizophrenia–cycle shifts between being highly energetic or highly inactive as a response to outside stimuli such as stressors or changes in mood (Maudsley). 

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