Archive for the ‘Personality & Behaviour’ Category

Anxious (avoidant) personality disorder features

July 7, 2016

ANxIOUS

  • Avoidance of social interaction – fear of criticism/rejection
  • Need for physical security which places restrictions in life
  • Insecure – belief that one is socially inept/unappealing
  • Ostracised, worried about
  • Unwilling to be involved unless certain of being liked
  • Socially inept (beliefs of such)
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Dissocial (antisocial) personality disorder features

July 7, 2016

CORRUPT Blame

  • Callous unconcern for the feelings of other
  • Obligations (social) and rules ignored
  • Remorse lacking (no empathy)
  • Relationships unable to be maintained (although can often be started)
  • Underhanded – deceitful, lying and manipulative although can have superficial charm
  • Punishment does not yield benefit – unable to profit from punishment
  • Temper – low tolerance to frustration and low threshold for anger
  • Blames others or attempts to offer rational explanations for behaviour

Histrionic personality disorder features

June 29, 2015

PRAISE ME (source)

  • Provocative or seductive behaviour
  • Relationships considered more intimate than they are
  • Attention required (need to be the centre)
  • Influenced easily
  • Style of speech (impressionistic, lacking detail)
  • Emotions shallow, rapidly shifting, dramatic
  • Manipulative / Make up (physical appearance used to draw attention to self)
  • Ego-centric

Schizoid personality disorder features

June 28, 2015

DISTANT Fantasy (source)

  • Detached or flattened affect
  • Indifferent to criticism or praise
  • Sexual experiences of little interest
  • Tasks done alone (solitary)
  • Absence of close friends
  • Neither desires nor enjoys close relationships
  • Takes pleasure in few activities
  • Fantasy and introspection, preoccupation with such

Paranoid personality disorder features

June 27, 2015

SUSPECT (source)

  • Sensitive (excessively) to setbacks and rebuffs
  • Unforgiving and bears grudges persistently
  • Spousal infidelity suspicions
  • Perceives friendly/neutral acts as hostile/contemptuous
  • Excessive self-worth/importance
  • Conspiratorial beliefs
  • Tenacious sense of self rights

SCOFF eating disorder screening tool

June 2, 2015

SCOFF

  • Do you make yourself Sick because you feel uncomfortably full?
  • Do you worry you have lost Control over how much you eat?
  • Have you recently lost more than One stone over a three month period?
  • Do you believe yourself to be Fat whilst others say you are thin?
  • Would you sy that Food dominates your life?

One point for each positive answer. A score of >=2 suggests she has anorexia nervosa or bulimia.

84.6% sensitivity and 98.6% specificity with a negative predictive value of 99.3%.

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Anorexia nervosa features

April 8, 2015

Low FAT

  • Low weight (BMI <17.5 kg/m2)
  • Fear of weight gain/increasing
  • Amenorrhoea
  • Thin aspirations (desire to be thin)

Anankastic Personality Disorder features

December 10, 2014

PERFECT List

  • Perfectionism which interferes with task completion
  • Excessive doubt and caution
  • Relationships/social life affected by excessive preoccupation
  • Flexibility poor (rigid and stubborn) and forces others to their ways
  • Egoistic
  • Conventions (social) not commonly adhered to
  • Thoughts/images are persistent and welcome (the opposite of OCD)
  • Lists, rules and details very much a preoccupation

Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder (EUPD) features – borderline

December 9, 2014

AM SUICIDE (source)

  • Abandonment
  • Mood instability
  • Suicidal behaviour
  • Unstable and intense relationships
  • Impulsivity
  • Control of anger difficult
  • Identity disturbance
  • Dissociated and paranoid symptoms that are stress-related and transient
  • Emptiness, chronic feelings of

RAISED

  • Relationships often unstable
  • Abandonment, fear of (and efforts to avoid abandonment)
  • Image of self is disturbed/unclear
  • Suicidal / Self-harm thoughts and actions
  • Emptiness feelings (chronic) / Emotionally labile
  • Dissociated feelings

IMPULSIVE

  • Impulsiveness
  • Mood labile, often low
  • Paranoia or dissociation under stress
  • Unstable self-image
  • Labile, intense relationships
  • Suicidal gestures
  • Inappropriate anger
  • Vulnerable to abandonment
  • Emptiness (feelings of)