Cluster B: mnemonics and Borderline Personality Disorder

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What is the Mnemonic for Borderline personality disorder?

A.M. SUICIDE

What does the "A." represent in the Mnemonic for Borderline personality disorder?

A.: Abandonment

What does the "M." represent in the Mnemonic for Borderline personality disorder?

M.: Mood instability (marked reactivity of mood)

What does the "S" represent in the Mnemonic for Borderline personality disorder?

S: Suicidal (or self-mutilating behavior)

What does the "U" represent in the Mnemonic for Borderline personality disorder?

U: Unstable and intense relationships

What does the first "I" represent in the Mnemonic for Borderline personality disorder?

first I: Impulsivity (in two potentially self-damaging areas)

What does the "C" represent in the Mnemonic for Borderline personality disorder?

C: Control of anger

What does the second "I" represent in the Mnemonic for Borderline personality disorder?

second I: Identity disturbance

What does the "D" represent in the Mnemonic for Borderline personality disorder?

D: Dissociative (or paranoid) symptoms that are transient and stress related.

What does the "E" represent in the Mnemonic for Borderline personality disorder?

E: Emptiness (chronic feelings of)

Of the 9 indicators of Borderline Personality Disorder, which indicator does each of the above letters represent?

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A: #1
frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined __
Note: do not include suicidal or melf-mutilating bahavior covered in Criterion 5

ABANDONMENT

M: #6
___/affective instability due to a marked reactivity of ___ (e.g., intense episodic dysphoria, irritability, or anxiety usually lasting a few hours and only rarely more than a few days)

MOOD; MOOD

S: #5
recurrent ___ behavior, gestures, or threats, or self-mutilating behavior

SUICIDAL

U: #2
a pattern of ___ and intense interpersonal relationships characterized by alternating between ___ of idealization and devaluation

UNSTABLE; extremes

first I: #4
___ in at least 2 areas that are potentially ___-___ (e.g., spending, sex, substance abuse, reckless driving, binge eating).
Note: Do not include suicidal or self-mutilating behavior covered in Criterion 5

IMPULSIVITY; self-damaging

C: #8
Inappropriate intense anger or difficulty ___ anger (e.g., frequent displays of temper, constant anger, recurrent physical fights)

CONTROLLING

second I: #3
___ disturbance: markedly and persistently unstable ___-___ or sense of ___

IDENTITY; self-image; self

D: #9
transient, stress-related paranoid ideation or severe ___ symptoms.

DISSOCIATIVE

E: #7
chronic feelings of ___

EMPTINESS

Therefore, give the key word for each letter in A.M. SUICIDE for Borderline Personality Disorder - A:

Abandonment

S:

Suicidal

U:

Unstable

I:

Impulsivity

C:

Controlling

I:

Identity

D:

Dissociative

E:

Emptiness

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