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3 subtypes in cluster A

- Paranoid
- Schizoid
- Schizotypal

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Nickname for cluster A

The mad

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4 subtypes in cluster B

- Antisocial
- Borderline
- Histrionic
- Narcissistic

4

Nickname for cluster B

The bad

5

3 subtypes in cluster C

- Avoidant
- Dependent
- Obsessive-compulsive personality

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Defining a personality disorder - 4 points

- Deviate markedly from the expectations of the individuals culture
- Are pervasive and inflexible
- Have an onset in adolescent or early adulthood
- Lead to distress or impairment

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Mnemonic for borderline PD

IMPULSIVE
- Impulsive
- Moodiness
- Paranoia or dissociation under stress
- Unstable self-image
- Labile intense relationships
- suicidal gestures
- Inappropriate anger
- Vulnerability to abandonment
- Emptiness (feelings)

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Mnemonic for paranoid PD

SUSPECT (need 4+)
- Spousal infidelity suspected
- Unforgiving/bears grudges
- Suspicious
- Perceives attacks and reacts quickly
- Enemy or friend suspicions
- Confiding in others is feared
- Threats perceived in benign events

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Mnemonic for schizoid PD

DISTANT (need 5+)
- Detached or flattened affect
- Indifferent to criticism/praise
- Sexual experiences of little interest
- Tasks done solitarily
- Absence of close friends
- Neither desires nor enjoys close relationships
- Takes pleasure in few activities

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Mnemonic for schizotypal PD

ME PECULIAR (4+)
- Magical thinking
- Experiences unusual perceptions
- Paranoid ideation
- Eccentric behaviour/appearance
- Constricted or inappropriate affect
- Unusual thinking or speech
- Lacks close friends
- Ideas of reference
- anxiety in social situations
- Rule out psychotic disorders

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Mnemonic for antisocial PD

CORRUPT (3+)
- Cannot confirm to law
- Obligations ignored
- Reckless disregard for safety
- Remorseless
- Underhnaded/deceitful
- Planning insufficient (impulsive)
- Temper - irritable and aggressive

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Mnemonic for histrionic PD

PRAISE ME (5+)
- Provocative/seductive behaviour
- Relationships considered more intimate than they are
- Attention (centre of attention)
- Influenced easily
- Style of speech (impressionistic, lacking detail)
- Emotions (rapidly shifting and shallow)
- Make up (physical appearance used to draw attention to self)
- Emotions exaggerated

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Mnemonic for narcissistic PD

GRANDIOSE (5+)
- Grandiose
- Requires attention
- Arrogant
- Need to be special
- Dreams of success/power
- Interpersonally exploitative
- Others (ignorant of others)
- Sense of entitlement
- Envious

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Mnemonic for avoidant PD

CRINGES (4+)
- Criticism/rejection preoccupies thoughts in social situations
- Restraint in relationships due to fear of shame
- Inhibited in new relationships
- Needs to be sure of being liked before engaging socially
- Gets around occupational activities with need for interpersonal contact
- Embarrassment prevents new activity or risk taking
- Self-image unappealing/inferior