"There's not that too much to it really. My name's Alabama Grace Withers, born and raised in Queens, New York. I guess you could say both my parents were rockstars. My dad was the lead guitarist in a heavy metal band that ended up selling out a full house at Madison Square Garden. My mom was an R&B artist and she did pretty well too. Music was kind of our thing, I guess. Well, that is until I was 8. My parents were on their way back from an awards show in Australia when their plane got lost at sea- never to be found. From there I got put in an orphanage and have lived there ever since. Never once got considered for adoption, but who really cares? Sometimes I miss my parents, but maybe I'm stronger without them."
Or at least, that's what Alabama likes to tell people. In fact, her birth name isn't even Alabama. Perfectly ordinary Doris Grace Withers was born on November 2 to perfectly ordinary Ela and Brett Withers in perfectly ordinary Auburn, Nebraska. She had quite a boring childhood, really. Doris decided to change her name to Alabama when she was only 7 years old. She absolutely hated the name Doris. She found it absolutely repulsive.
Her father was the mayor of the city so her family did have a good bit of money compared to others in the small town, so Alabama was always a spoiled child. She got everything she wanted and was never told no. While Alabama liked getting what she wanted, it wasn't enough. Sure she could have any toy she wanted, but she wanted more than just materials. She wanted her parents to show her love through more than just money.
Years and years of this caused her to develop Histrionic Personality Disorder. She began to act out in school in attempts to grasp her parents attention. Her mother was the first to notice her behavior and habits were changing. She had become much more dramatic and emotional than she used to be.
Of course, dramatics should be expected from 10 year old girls, however Alabama's were so bad that she once went so far as running away from home when being grounded for acting out in school. Ela took her daughter to a psychiatrist only for her to be diagnosed with HPD.
HPD is a personality disorder identified by a pattern of exaggerated attention seeking emotions and actions. Ela and Brett were quick to realize it was their mistake that had caused this. They blamed themselves for not giving Alabama the love and attention she needed at such a vulnerable age, however it was too late.
This was about that time that she received her Hogwarts letter. This made things even more complicated. How were Ela and Brett meant to mend the relationship with their daughter if she was going to go to school an ocean away? It came to a shock to both Ela and Brett that Alabama was a witch, however they couldn't not let her go.
Words can't describe how excited Alabama was to go to Hogwarts. She felt it was a second chance to start over as whoever she wanted to be- and start over she did. She became a whole new person going into Hogwarts. Alabama started taking medication for her disorder right before she left for Hogwarts, however she started taking it less and less once arriving. She simply didn't like the way it made her feel.
Nowadays, Alabama is rarely on her medication which causes her to act out more than she usually would and lack more self control than normal. Ela and Brett are unaware of the lies and person she pretends to be at Hogwarts. In fact, they believe their daughter is getting better. In reality, the only thing she's getting better at is covering up the truth. Alabama's case is only worsening and her need for attention is increasing.