Mnemonics for DSM-IV substance-related disorders

Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 1998 Nov;20(6):368-70. doi: 10.1016/s0163-8343(98)00052-8.


A series of acronyms was developed to assist in recalling the DSM-IV diagnostic criteria for substance-related disorders. In order to facilitate recall, most of the mnemonics are related in some way to the disorder itself. In general, each letter of the acronym relates to an element of the diagnostic criteria. These mnemonics are intended to be helpful in a variety of academic and medical settings.

MeSH terms

  • Abbreviations as Topic*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Education, Medical, Continuing / methods*
  • Humans
  • Substance-Related Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Substance-Related Disorders / etiology*
  • Substance-Related Disorders / physiopathology
  • Substance-Related Disorders / psychology