The Mental Disorders Quiz

By: Nathan Chandler

The Mental Disorders Quiz
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About This Quiz

Mental disorders affect millions of people around the world. How much do you know about psychological disorders? Take this quiz to test your knowledge.
What is the DSM?
It is a guide for treating mental disorders.
It is a guide that provides statistics and diagnostic information for mental disorders.
It is the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, and it provides standards for classifying mental problems.
It is a protocol for isolating dangerous mental patients.

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In 2013, what were the two most common mental disorders in the United States?
panic disorder and anxiety
depression and schizophrenia
anxiety and depression
Some 44 million people in the country were hindered by mental illness that year.

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In developed countries, about what percentage of the population may have a mental disorder at any given time?
10 percent
20 percent
About 20 percent of people may have a mental disorder. That includes everything from depression to attention deficit disorder to anxiety.
30 percent

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When diagnosing a mental illness, doctors must always be sure to account for what?
social norms
Some behaviors that seem abnormal in one culture are totally normal in others.
blood pressure
time of day

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True or false: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is usually diagnosed in adulthood.
true
false
ADHD is usually diagnosed in childhood and often lasts into adulthood.

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How does the DSM classify political terrorism?
as a type of depression
as an anger disorder
It doesn't classify political terrorism.
Socially deviant behaviors are not considered a type of mental illness.

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What is one sign of a borderline personality disorder?
complete lack of relationships
extreme reactions, particularly to perceived abandonment
Extreme reactions can be a sign of a personality disorder. Affected people may have unstable lives that sometimes end in suicide.
excessive planning for basic life decisions

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About how many mental disorders are listed in the DSM?
about 300
About 300 disorders are listed in the DSM. With each edition, disorders are reclassified, merged and sometimes removed.
about 200
about 100

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Around the world, about how many people may depression affect?
roughly 40 million
roughly 400 million
Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses — it affects about 400 million people.
roughly 1 billion

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What is the name of the World Health Organization's manual of mental disorders?
International Classification of Diseases
The International Classification of Diseases (ICD) is the international version of the DSM and is created by American mental health professionals.
Worldwide Disease Classification Guide
Guide to Spotting and Caring for Mental Disorders

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If you experience extreme detachment from yourself or your body, what might be affecting you?
panic attack
depression
depersonalization disorder
Traumatic events are sometimes blamed for the kind of disconnection that occurs in depersonalization disorder.

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About what percentage of the world's population suffers from bipolar disorder?
2 percent
About 2 percent of the population has bipolar disorder. It's similar to the number of people who have schizophrenia.
4 percent
6 percent

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What is a factitious disorder?
a made-up disorder
Manipulative people might fake a disorder to get what they want from others.
a disorder that causes extreme happiness for no reason
an obsessive-compulsive desire to always be right during an argument

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If you have an inflated sense of your own importance, you may have which disorder?
borderline personality disorder
narcissistic personality disorder
People with narcissistic personality disorder need constant approval yet have very little empathy for others.
schizoid personality disorder

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About how many people suffer from schizophrenia worldwide?
80 million
50 million
20 million
About 20 million people have schizophrenia, which probably results from a blend of hereditary and environmental variables.

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What is unipolar depression?
a severe type of depression
Some people call this severe type of depression clinical or major depression.
depression caused by one extreme stressor
depression that lasts for a minimum of one year

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What does PTSD stand for?
post-trigger stress disorder
pretrimester stress disorder
post-traumatic stress disorder
Combat soldiers and survivors of violent events often exhibit signs of post-traumatic stress disorder.

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If you have agoraphobia, you are afraid of what?
leaving the house
People with agoraphobia might lock themselves in their homes for months at a time.
spiders
windows

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Which eating disorder includes overconsumption of food followed by forced vomiting?
bulimia
The cycle of overeating and guilt may affect a person with bulimia for years.
binge-eating disorder
anorexia

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If you have symptoms such as blindness or numbness not caused by a physical problem, you might be suffering from which disorder?
paraphilia
dyspareunia
conversion disorder
In conversion disorder, extreme mental distress can manifest physical symptoms.

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At any given time, about how many Americans are taking prescription antidepressants?
10 percent
About 10 percent of Americans take antidepressants. This class of drugs is a common one for mood disorders.
20 percent
25 percent

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What is a symptom of Othello syndrome?
overly trusting of strangers
lack of trust in your partner
People who are affected by this syndrome have delusional jealousy that hampers their lives.
sudden bursts of crying

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Which category of disorders may include symptoms such as delusions and hallucinations?
psychotic disorders
Schizophrenia and extreme bipolar disorder are two examples of psychotic disorders.
mood disorders
personality disorders

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Which disorder is highlighted by manipulative behavior that ignores consequences or the well-being of other people?
antisocial personality disorder
Sometimes the words "sociopath" or "psychopath" are used (with varying degrees of accuracy) to describe people with antisocial personality disorder.
schizophrenia
obsessive-compulsive disorder

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If you have a hard time dealing with life changes for months on end, a therapist might diagnosis you with what?
bipolar disorder
adjustment disorder
Fortunately, most people can recover from adjustment disorders after the source of the stress is eliminated from their lives.
developmental disorder

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Which disorder was previously referred to as "manic depressive disorder"?
panic disorder
major depression disorder
bipolar disorder
Bipolar disorder includes symptoms such as enormous mood swings that may last for weeks or years.

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True or false: Schizophrenia can't be cured.
true
Schizophrenia is a chronic disorder that can't be cured but can be treated.
false

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Which disorder might be highlighted by a behavior such as ceaseless handwashing?
cyclothymic disorder
obsessive-compulsive disorder
The obsessive thoughts lead to compulsive, repetitive actions that may make life very difficult.
kleptomania

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Which of the following is NOT typically a symptom of anorexia nervosa?
fear of weight gain
tremors
Anorexia is characterized by refusal to eat, extreme weight loss and sometimes binge eating.
binge eating

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What is cyclothymia?
a mood disorder sparked by a blow to the head
a milder version of bipolar disorder
Cyclothymia is a mood disorder that causes emotional shifts. It may affect around 1 percent of the American population.
an obsession with cycling

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