Personality Disorder Quiz
Personality disorders affect millions of people worldwide. Think you know the gamut of these mental health conditions? Test your knowledge with this quiz.
Question 1 of 20
What are common characteristics of personality disorders?
... People with personality disorders have extreme or inflexible behavior and are often unable to relate to others or themselves. Moodiness, quickness to anger and instant gratification are a few of the complex signs of personality disorders.
Question 2 of 20
What percentage of people in the United States lives with a personality disorder in a given year?
... Nearly 1 in 10 people in America live with a personality disorder -- 9.1 percent to be exact -- each year.
Question 3 of 20
Someone quick to brag or show off may show signs of which personality disorder?
... We've all come across people exhibiting narcissistic behavior, which may contribute to people's overinflated thoughts of their appearances or achievements.
Question 4 of 20
Which of the following is NOT a personality disorder?
... Although histrionic and dependent personality disorders garner less attention, the idea of an "independent personality disorder" is the fake.
Question 5 of 20
Is obsessive-compulsive personality disorder the same as obsessive-compulsive disorder?
... Despite the similarities in the names, the two disorders are quite different. Generally speaking, obsessive-compulsive personality disorder has more to do with being a perfectionist, while obsessive-compulsive disorder focuses more on the anxiety of obsessions and compulsions to do things.
Question 6 of 20
Your friend, who seemed to be in good spirits a moment earlier, turned visibly angry and anxious after seeing something on TV she didn't like. Her sour mood and angry demeanor continued for several hours. This drastic change of mood might be attributed to which of the following?
... Experiencing unexpected anger beyond a typical mood swing, your friend might be exhibiting symptoms of borderline personality disorder. Other signs include periods of anxiety or depression that can last up to several hours.
Question 7 of 20
Avoidant personality disorder relies on which of the following?
... Being extroverted isn't for everyone. Individuals living with avoidant personality disorders act extremely shy and are easily hurt by rejection.
Question 8 of 20
What are the names of personality disorder "clusters"?
... Over the years, psychologists have grouped these disorders together through the names "Cluster A," "Cluster B" and "Cluster C."
Question 9 of 20
Do personality disorders carry clinical diagnoses? In other words, can they be measured by doctors?
... A common misconception about personality disorders is that they aren't "real" or people with them can easily change their behavior. Although this is false, people living with personality disorders have received effective treatment from psychologists and mental health experts.
Question 10 of 20
Which factors play a role in a person developing a personality disorder?
... Truth be told, both genes and childhood experiences play roles -- you can say nature and nurture count here.
Question 11 of 20
Which two personality disorders are often confused with one another?
... The name similarities between schizoid and schizotypal personality disorders may cause confusion. Schizoid refers to individuals who have problems showing emotion or building social relationships, whereas schizotypal results in peculiar beliefs such as thinking one can manipulate others with his thoughts or perceiving messages meant only for him in public "speeches or displays," according to the Mayo Clinic.
Question 12 of 20
What are the defining characteristics of antisocial personality disorder?
... Despite its name, antisocial personality disorder has more to do with disregarding the feelings and safety of yourself and others around you. In this sense, antisocial implies an inability to be socially considerate or empathetic.
Question 13 of 20
Can people tell if others might have personality disorders?
... Signs of these disorders are often easily spotted by others. One study shows that movie-goers can pinpoint personality traits in movie characters, too.
Question 14 of 20
Scarlett O'Hara's over-the-top theatrics and flirtatious yet uninterested attitude in the film "Gone with the Wind" are characteristic of which personality disorder?
... Commonly used as an example of histrionic personality disorder, Scarlett O'Hara displays many telltale signs of the disorder, including using her body to draw attention to herself and feeling out of place when she's not the center of attention.
Question 15 of 20
A person who feels the need to begin another romantic relationship immediately after the previous one ends may show signs of which disorder?
... People living with dependent personality disorder feel a deep need to be taken care of by others, which often results needing new romantic partners immediately after breakups.
Question 16 of 20
Personality disorders are a serious matter. Which of the following have been observed in people living with these conditions?
... Personality disorders can lead to risky sexual behavior, substance abuse, violent behaviors and suicide, and even difficulties socializing at home and work. Because of these effects, it's important to seek professional help and treatment.
Question 17 of 20
How can friends and family members help people with personality disorders?
... Helping people living with personality disorders can be a challenge, especially if they don't see any problems with their behavior. Still, encouraging friends and loved ones to seek treatment can improve their quality of life and potentially avoid self-harm or hurting others.
Question 18 of 20
Which group of mental health disorders does NOT usually occur alongside personality disorders?
... Although it's possible personality disorders can occur alongside a range of other mental conditions, psychotic disorders are less likely to be associated with personality disorders. In general, anxiety and mood disorders are commonly associated with personality disorders.
Question 19 of 20
Around what time were personality disorders added to the list of diagnosable mental health conditions?
... In 1980, personality disorders were formally added to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, a source for psychologists and health experts. Ever since, however, disorders have been added, edited or removed from the entry.
Question 20 of 20
Can personality disorders change with time?
... Research suggests that personality disorders change with time, just like other aspects of mental health. Along these lines, it might be possible that age plays a role, too.
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