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Psychiatr Serv. 1997 Sep;48(9):1197-8.

Mnemonics for DSM-IV personality disorders.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, Louisiana State University Medical Center, Shreveport 71130, USA.


The paper presents several mnemonics to assist clinicians in recalling DSM-IV diagnostic criteria for personality disorders. The mnemonics are acronyms, and each letter is associated with a specific criterion. Each acronym reflects a facet of the related disorder; for example, the acronym for the diagnostic criteria for paranoid personality disorder is SUSPECT, and for histrionic personality disorder it is PRAISE ME. The mnemonics have been used to teach students and residents the conceptual nature of DSM-IV disorders and to help them remember the criteria.

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