Personality Disorders
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Personality Disorders

Up to 9% of Americans have some type of personality disorder. Take this quiz to see if you can spot the signs of common types.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

Which of these are characteristics of someone with a personality disorder?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Behavioral traits could just make someone unique. However, a quirk or personality trait may be a form of a disorder when it adversely impacts social relationships or work life.

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The best way to tell if a personality trait is part of a disorder -- or simply a quirk -- is to see if it interferes with . . .

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The correct answer is: How and when does a quirk become a form of disorder? The key is whether that personality trait causes adversity in your relationships. Does it hinder your ability to do a job or form intimate bonds with other people? If so, you may want to consider seeing a doctor or therapist for help.

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What is the prevalence of personality disorders?

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The correct answer is: An estimated 6 to 10 percent of individuals in the community have a personality disorder. The prevalence of personality disorders varies across sociodemographic groups--they are higher, for example, in those who have dropped out of high school.

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Which of these may trigger a personality disorder?

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The correct answer is: The causes of personality disorders are unknown but factors such as childhood abuse and accidental traumas early in life can set off personality disorder characteristics. Personality disorders often begin in childhood and last through adulthood.

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True or false: Being overweight is associated with mood and personality disorders.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Compared with normal weight individuals, being moderately overweight is significantly associated with anxiety and some substance use disorders, but not mood or personality disorders.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

Which of these is a type of personality disorder?

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The correct answer is: Examples of personality disorders include antisocial personality disorder, borderline personality disorder, and dependent personality disorder. People with personality disorders may be described as manipulative or self-centered. They may lack empathy for others and have trouble following social norms. Personality disorders are lifelong and are often first noticed in early adulthood.

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True or false: Personality disorders can be cured.

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The correct answer is: There is no cure for personality disorders. These tend to be chronic, lifelong mental illnesses that will last much, if not all, of one's adult life. Treatment for these disorders using psychotherapy may take anywhere from months to many years.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

Which of the following are characteristic of narcissistic personality disorder?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Additionally, feelings of jealousy toward others or feeling it is ok to use others to get what you want may be indications of narcissistic personality disorder.

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True or false: A narcissist has difficulty forming and maintaining long-term relationships.

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The correct answer is: This is true. In today's culture, the term "narcissist" is often used to describe a self-centered person. But people who have a narcissistic personality disorder have trouble forming long-term relationships and feeling empathy for other people.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

In which of these groups does narcissistic personality disorder occur most commonly?

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The correct answer is: Narcissistic personality disorder most commonly occurs in males between the ages of 20 to 30. Signs of the disorder may begin in childhood.

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True or false: Narcissistic men have elevated levels of the hormone cortisol.

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The correct answer is: This is true. According to one study, this stress hormone can contribute to heart disease, obesity and other stress-related diseases. Narcissistic women do not have this same increase in cortisol.

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True or false: Narcissistic personality disorder is more prevalent in Caucasians than other races.

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The correct answer is: This is false. One study found that narcissistic personality disorder is more prevalent in black men and women and Hispanic women than Caucasians. Young adults, adults who are separated, divorced or widowed and those who've never been married had significantly higher rates of the disorder.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

What percentage of the population is estimated to have narcissistic personality disorder?

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The correct answer is: The prevalence of narcissistic personality disorder is estimated at one percent in the general population.

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Borderline personality disorder is found in what percentage of the population?

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The correct answer is: Borderline personality disorder affects between 1 and 2 percent of the population and is characterized by intense emotional states, moments of self-harm and poor relationships with others. Borderline personality disorder is often viewed as difficult to treat, but recent research shows it can be treated effectively and many people with it improve over time.

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True or false: Borderline personality disorder is a precursor to bipolar disorder.

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The correct answer is: This is false. These two mental illnesses are often confused but they are not the same and one is not related to the other. Both disorders usually include radical mood shifts. But bipolar disorder includes manic episodes and borderline personality does not.

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People with borderline personality disorder have increased activation of which part of the brain?

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The correct answer is: People with borderline personality disorder have increased activity in the limbic system, an area of the brain that controls fear, anger and aggression. This may be related to the emotional instability symptoms of the disorder.

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Which of these is used to treat borderline personality disorder?

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The correct answer is: Antidepressants, mood stabilizers and antipsychotics are all indicated as improving borderline personality disorder. However, drug treatment does not lead to remission.

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Which of these is a symptom of paranoid personality disorder?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. In addition, denial of responsibility and a lack of confidence may add to the lifelong challenges for people affected by this condition.

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True or false: Paranoid personality disorder is more common in people with a family history of schizophrenia.

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The correct answer is: This is true. A family history of schizophrenia or other psychotic illness is thought to contribute to paranoid personality disorder. Early life traumas and environment can also affect personality.

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Which of these is a characteristic of schizoid personality disorder?

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The correct answer is: All of the above are traits of schizoid personality disorder. In addition, the person may not seem to experience pleasure in everyday life. He or she may prefer to be alone all the time and may avoid making close friends. When a person clearly shows four or more of the above traits, he or she is likely to be diagnosed with schizoid personality disorder.

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Personality disorders involve patterns of thought, behaviors, and perceptions about the world that can make everyday life difficult. If you have a personality disorder, your relationships are volatile, holding a job is difficult. ...

Everyone else is wrongand you're right; you are rigid and inflexible in your thinking. There are many types of personality disordersand they are believed to develop from early childhood events. Counseling and medications can help.
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