The colourful life and sad death of a fabulist

Colleagues speculate that Oates-Whitehead had a severe personality disorder. Clinical psychologist Nick Wilson says sufferers are often liars - telling people what they want to hear to be liked. 

Although practised at displaying a polished face, they are fragile, have poor self-esteem and are often lonely: they allow certain people to see slices of their lives. But no one sees the whole, lest they are exposed and rejected.