Psychological Dissociative Identity Disorder

Psychological Dissociative Identity Disorder

This quiz is about Psychological Dissociative Identity Disorder


Regarding the difference between normal and abnormal behavior, which of the following statements is TRUE?

Abnormal behavior is unusual, whereas normal behavior is not.

Normal behavior is not “crazy,” but abnormal behavior is.

Abnormal behavior is usually frightening and disturbing, but normal behavior is not.

The difference between normal and abnormal is often a matter of degree. – correct


The acronym “DSM-V” stands for:

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition – correct

Disorders: Simple and Multifaceted, 5th Edition

Developmental and Secondary Mental Disorders Manual, 5th Edition

Deviations from Standard Mentality, 5th Edition


Uncontrollable thoughts and worries are to _____ as uncontrollable behaviors are to _____.

preoccupations; addictions

compulsions; obsessions

obsessions; compulsions – correct

hallucinations; delusions


Over the last three months, Ivana’s feelings of despondency have intensified for no apparent reason. Although her friends have tried to be encouraging and supportive, Ivana says that she feels completely detached from people, worthless, and has even thought about killing herself. Ivana’s symptoms would suggest that she is probably suffering from:

antisocial personality disorder.

posttraumatic stress disorder.

major depression. – correct

schizophrenia.


The three core symptoms of _____ are (1) frequent, intrusive recollections of a traumatic event; (2) emotional numbing and avoidance of particular situations; and (3) increased physical arousal.

social phobia

posttraumatic stress disorder – correct

obsessive-compulsive disorder

generalized anxiety disorder


Before leaving her home, Myesha makes sure that every electrical appliance is unplugged and checks that every window and door is securely locked. She checks everything seventeen times according to a strict ritual that she has worked out. If she misses one window, door, or appliance, she must begin all over again. If she tries to skip any step of the ritual, she experiences unbearable anxiety. Myesha is probably suffering from:

dissociative identity disorder.

bipolar disorder.

specific phobia.

obsessive-compulsive disorder. – correct


Jayne was in a fast-food restaurant when a man walked in, drew a gun, and started shooting, killing two people before killing himself. Although Jayne was not injured in the shooting spree, she has since been unable to return to work. She can’t seem to stop thinking about the event. She has recurrent nightmares, is unable to sleep, and does not want to leave her home. It is most likely that Jayne is suffering from:

cyclothymic disorder.

generalized anxiety disorder.

obsessive-compulsive disorder.

posttraumatic stress disorder. – correct


In the last three days, Doug has become progressively more energetic and euphoric. He has been sleeping no more than an hour or two per night, but he seems to have unlimited energy. Doug is inappropriately self-confident as he veers from one grandiose idea to another in his plans to become rich and famous. Doug appears to be experiencing:

rapid cycling.

dissociative identity disorder.

a manic episode. – correct

double depression.


In dissociative identity disorder, it is generally believed that the “alters”:

are the source of the voices commonly heard in schizophrenia.

are the result of the hallucinations common in cases of “split personality.”

represent the individual’s ego, superego, and id.

represent different aspects of the individual’s personality that cannot be integrated into the primary personality. – correct


One explanation for dissociative identity disorder is that it results from:

an extreme case of bipolar disorder, in which mood swings are so severe that “alternate personalities” seem to exist.

a very repressed childhood; alters are created to allow the primary personality to enjoy activities that he or she would otherwise avoid.

extreme trauma in childhood; the alters are created to embody the dissociated memories and emotions that are too painful for the primary personality to acknowledge. – correct

the split personality present in chronic schizophrenia, which involves unpredictable behavior and extreme shifts in emotion.


The psychological disorder that is characterized by impaired functioning because of severely distorted beliefs, perceptions, and thought processes is called:

cyclothymic disorder.

schizophrenia. – correct

major depression.

dissociative amnesia.


Keith was surprised when his boss invited a coworker to lunch but did not invite him. At first, Keith was convinced that he had not been invited because they wanted to discuss Keith’s job performance at lunch. Later, the coworker told Keith that the boss had taken her to lunch to tell her that she was being laid off. Privately, Keith was relieved because it now made perfect sense to him why he had not been invited to lunch. In this scenario, Keith appears to be:

having normal thought processes. – correct

suffering from auditory hallucinations.

suffering from delusions of persecution.

experiencing delusions of grandeur.


Anita is experiencing major depression. As compared to people who are not depressed, Anita is more likely to:

make decisions quickly.

easily complete routine tasks involved in daily living.

feel mentally sluggish and have difficulty concentrating. – correct

speak quickly.


Priscilla’s husband insisted that she go to a mental health clinic when she was unable to explain or remember her frequent absences from home, phone calls from people that she claimed she had never heard of, and check stubs from checks that she couldn’t remember writing. At the clinic, Priscilla admitted there were long stretches of her life that were completely blank to her. Suddenly, Priscilla’s voice, facial expression, and demeanor changed, and she said to the clinic psychologist, “Don’t pay any attention to that old Priscilla. She’s just a bore. My name is Patty, and I’m a lot more fun to talk to.” The clinic psychologist suspects that Priscilla may be suffering from:

posttraumatic stress disorder.

schizophrenia.

amnesia.

dissociative identity disorder. – correct


Bipolar disorder used to be officially called _____ and is still often referred to by that term.

seasonal affective disorder

manic depression – correct

dysthymic disorder

double depression


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