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?
Someone quick to brag or show off may show signs of which personality disorder?
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 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?
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?
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?
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?
Around what time were personality disorders added to the list of diagnosable mental health conditions?