Challenges in Diagnosing Personality Disorders


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_____ is a psychological disorder that involves behaviors which make it difficult for an individual to have successful interpersonal relationships.

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1. What is a diagnosis of personality disorders based on?

2. Julia is sixteen years old. Her mother takes her to a psychologist because she no longer knows what to do with her. She was sleeping with her married teacher. When he refused to leave his wife for her, she faked being sexually assaulted by him. The teacher ended up going to jail and losing his job at the school before Julia admitted that she staged the entire attack. What may make a patient like Julia so hard to diagnose?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Assessing and diagnosing personality disorders isn't as simple as it may seem. This worksheet and quiz cover types of personality disorders and their symptoms. Additionally, you'll be tested on some common diagnosing dilemmas.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet review:

  • How patients are diagnosed
  • Personality disorder symptoms
  • Diagnostic prejudices
  • Factors that complicate accurate diagnosis

Skills Practiced

Practice the following skills:

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding diagnosing personality disorders and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding common personality disorders
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about diagnosing biases

Additional Learning

If you want to study more, look at the accompanying lesson on problems faced in diagnosing personality disorders. This lessons covers the following objectives:

  • Define personality disorder
  • Identify symptoms of antisocial personality disorder
  • Analyze biases that might prevent accurate diagnosis
  • Describe schizotypal personality disorder indicators and its similarity to other disorders