Personality Disorder Quiz
by Staff
Personality disorders affect millions of people worldwide. Think you know the gamut of these mental health conditions? Test your knowledge with this quiz.

What are common characteristics of personality disorders?

  • mood swings, outbursts of anger and a need to be instantly gratified
  • being introverted or extroverted
  • having a personality versus being boring

What percentage of people in the United States lives with a personality disorder in a given year?

  • 3 percent
  • 9 percent
  • 15 percent

Someone quick to brag or show off may show signs of which personality disorder?

  • schizotypal
  • narcissistic
  • antisocial

Which of the following is NOT a personality disorder?

  • histrionic personality disorder
  • dependent personality disorder
  • independent personality disorder

Is obsessive-compulsive personality disorder the same as obsessive-compulsive disorder?

  • Yes, the two mean the same thing.
  • No, they're different.
  • Neither are real!

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?

  • schizotypal personality disorder
  • schizoid personality disorder
  • borderline personality disorder

Avoidant personality disorder relies on which of the following?

  • being confident
  • being shy
  • being in denial

What are the names of personality disorder "clusters"?

  • A, B and C
  • 1, 2 and 3
  • black, white and gray

Do personality disorders carry clinical diagnoses? In other words, can they be measured by doctors?

  • The jury is still out.
  • No, there's no way to formally tell.
  • Yes, they're serious conditions that can be diagnosed.

Which factors play a role in a person developing a personality disorder?

  • genes
  • childhood experiences
  • Both are correct.

Which two personality disorders are often confused with one another?

  • schizoid and schizotypal
  • narcissistic and paranoid
  • avoidant and borderline

What are the defining characteristics of antisocial personality disorder?

  • avoiding people
  • disregarding your own feelings and safety, as well as the opinions and safety of others
  • avoiding social situations

Can people tell if others might have personality disorders?

  • They can't -- personality disorders are hard to notice in others.
  • In general, it's easy to spot signs in others.
  • Only doctors have an eye for these things.

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?

  • antisocial
  • dependent
  • histrionic

A person who feels the need to begin another romantic relationship immediately after the previous one ends may show signs of which disorder?

  • obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
  • dependent personality disorder
  • narcissistic personality disorder

Personality disorders are a serious matter. Which of the following have been observed in people living with these conditions?

  • risky sexual behavior and substance abuse
  • violence toward others and oneself
  • all of the above

How can friends and family members help people with personality disorders?

  • They can ignore the person and hope it helps him or her change.
  • They can create a support system, but most importantly, help the person find professional treatment.
  • They can't do anything -- people change only if they want to.

Which group of mental health disorders does NOT usually occur alongside personality disorders?

  • psychotic disorders
  • anxiety disorders
  • mood disorders

Around what time were personality disorders added to the list of diagnosable mental health conditions?

  • 2000
  • 1990
  • 1980

Can personality disorders change with time?

  • Researchers aren't sure yet.
  • No
  • Yes