What's Wrong With My Co-worker? Quiz

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What's Wrong With My Co-worker? Quiz
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We'll give you the symptoms, and you tell us what the problem is — remember, your co-worker could be suffering something physical or mental.
Your cubemate's ice-chewing habit is often a sign of what condition?
dehydration
iron deficiency anemia
Iron deficiency anemia
parasites

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Your co-worker has a nagging cough for what seems like months. Which of the following can you rule out?
asthma
hay fever
stomach flu
Stomach flu

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Your teammate calls out, sick with norovirus. Which is not a symptom?
severe diarrhea and vomiting
sore throat
Sore throat
stomach cramps

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Your officemate has begun to be a real downer and is becoming divisive. She may suffer from which mental illness:
binge-eating disorder
borderline personality disorder
Borderline personality disorder
schizoaffective disorder

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An employee is frequently absent, irritable and, recently, unproductive. Is this person suffering from depression, or from adult ADHD?
depression
Depression
adult ADHD

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An inability to follow instructions, meet deadlines and generally get along with other co-workers doesn't mean your colleague is a slacker. Which disorder might cause this?
ADHD
ADHD
amnesia
social anxiety disorder

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Yawning, hot ears and nausea may not seem to have anything in common, but are actually symptoms of what?
cluster headaches
insulin shock
migraine prodome
A migraine prodome

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In addition to an OTC pain reliever, what else will help your boss's tension headache?
bright sunlight
a light snack
A light snack
a shot of vodka

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What type of anxiety does your "work husband" have if he gets sweaty and a bit shaky before delivering presentations?
obsessive-compulsive disorder
generalized anxiety disorder
social anxiety disorder
Social anxiety disorder (SAD)

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Which highly-contagious infection causes red, itchy and pus-filled eyes?
blepharitis
conjunctivitis
Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
pterygium

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There's always the one: What type of personality disorder does your backstabbing, two-faced, yet still somehow charming, teammate probably have?
avoidant personality disorder
narcissistic personality disorder
Narcissistic personality disorder
paranoid personality disorder

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Could your colleague be a sociopath? Which doesn't fit the description:
flirtatiousness
mental quickness
Smart or stupid, intelligence isn't criteria for being a sociopath.
impulsiveness

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Do you know what a tic looks like?
repeating words
throat clearing
both of these are tics
All of these are tics.

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Your work BFF gets really angry and aggressive just before her period (you ladies sure do talk about everything, don't you). It seems way more extreme than PMS to you. What could it be?
cancer
PMDD
PMDD
it's PMS

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Every morning your officemate complains about her stiff joints. Chronic achiness could be caused by all of these conditions, except one.
chronic fatigue syndrome
diabetes
Diabetes
rheumatoid arthritis

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You new intern washes his hands a lot — and by that we mean, excessively. What's the problem?
ADHD
OCD
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
PTSD

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If you sneeze on your keyboard in the morning, your germs wiill still be there to infect the IT guy who helps you after lunch.
TRUE
True.
FALSE

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A teammate who begins to have debilitating anxiety, and is sometimes physically ill before the workday begins, might be suffering from what?
ataxia
OSHA laws
workplace bullying
Workplace bullying

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Your officemate asks to use your lip balm, but you noticed cracks at the corners of her mouth — are those contagious?
probably yes
probably no
Probably not; angular cheilitis is not contagious.

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A colleague, who looks pale, has been having a hard time concentrating, and has complained about leg cramps and about being dizzy. What could be the problem?
anemia
Anemia
insomnia
psoriasis
thrombocytopenia

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If you were in the match-making industry in the early 20th century, what did it mean when a co-worker had toothaches, an abscessed jaw and bones that glowed green in the dark?
Fiddler's neck
metal fume fever
phossy jaw
Phossy jaw
radium jaw

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Your stylist's hands look red and itchy. That rash may be the result of what problem?
contact dermatitis
Contact dermatitis
seborrheic dermatitis
seborrheic keratosis
psoriasis

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Your teammate's been missing deadlines, missing motivation, and, frankly, he's missing work in general. What could be wrong?
He's a pragmatist.
He's a professional slacker.
He's a slacker.
He's got a case of the Mondays.

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A colleague who recently returned from the Saudi Arabia office comes to work with flu-like symptoms, maybe bordering on pneumonia. You'd diagnose him not with influenza, but with this virus, instead.
common cold
MERS
Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS)
SARS

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What's the most contagious thing in the workplace?
pregnancy
rudeness
Rudeness
skin infections
yawns

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A colleague begins to complain and whine about work, more so than usual. One day he throws his phone across the conference room table. Is this an act of workplace violence?
yes
Yes
no

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Every day for the last three years your co-worker has listened to her voicemail messages via speakerphone, without a hint of remorse — or, even noticing the glares. How is this possible?
She's annoying.
She's annoying.
She's part of a government experiment.
She's pretending not to notice.

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Teammates complain about a co-worker who is tardy, misses deadlines and generally preoccupied. True or false: These could be the symptoms of a personal matter, such as divorce.
TRUE
True.
FALSE

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The early warning signs of this disease are so common — headaches, dry mouth, increased thirst — they're easily overlooked.
ALS
HIV
hepatitis B
Type 2 diabetes
Type 2 diabetes.

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The new hire is on time, eager to learn and eager to please. Why on Earth could that be a problem?
no boundaries
not focused on priorities
disliked by colleagues
all of the above
All of these

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