- Frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment
- A pattern of unstable and intense interpersonal relationships characterized by extremes between idealization and devaluation (also known as "splitting")
Marilyn married at a young age to her 21 year old neighbor and divorced shortly after his return from the military. She also married baseball legend Joe DiMaggio and divorced 9 months later, and playwright Arthur Miller, who she divorced 5 years later. In addition, it is speculated that she had numerous intense and fleeting affairs, including with President John F. Kennedy and with the president's brother, Robert.
- Identity disturbance: Markedly or persistently unstable self-image or sense of self
Marilyn grew up as Norma Jean, never knowing her father and knowing that her mother was committed to a mental institution due to severe psychological issues. She bounced from foster home to foster home and then from marriage to marriage, in the meantime creating a new identity for herself as Marilyn Monroe, changing her hair color, name, and personality. While many stars take on a new name for show business, Marilyn took on a whole knew persona -- one that she thought would likely get her the love, attention, and adoration she so desperately sought since she was a young child.
- Impulsive behavior in at least two areas that are potentially self-damaging (e.g., spending, sex, substance abuse, reckless driving, binge eating)
Sex and substance abuse.
- Recurrent suicidal behavior, gestures, or threats, or self-harming behavior
It is unknown if Marilyn Monroe self-harmed (other than through substance abuse), but self-harm/suicidal behavior ultimately took her life.
- Emotional instability in reaction to day-to-day events (e.g., intense episodic sadness, irritability, or anxiety usually lasting a few hours and only rarely more than a few days)
This may have been the case, especially in the days leading up to her being fired from her last movie.
- Chronic feelings of emptiness
Well documented as having experienced this. Portions of her diary were recovered, and this was a repeated theme.
- Inappropriate, intense anger or difficulty controlling anger (e.g., frequent displays of temper, constant anger, recurrent physical fights)
- Transient, stress-related paranoid ideation or severe dissociative symptoms"
Symptoms sourced from NIMH.nih.org (National Institute of Mental Health); italicized text speculated by healingfrombpd.org