Saturday, April 29, 2017

Matching Game: Sleep-Wake Disorders

It's time for another matching game! For this one, we're all playing as a way to review the sleep-wake disorders section of the DSM.

To prepare for the exam with exam-style questions, try practice tests like the ones from SWTP. Full-length practice beats out game show style quizzes any day. But these quizzes go faster and may be a little bit more fun. Let's begin!

Here are the definitions (which are partial to provide extra challenge):

1. Repeated occurrences of extended, extremely dysphoric, and well-remembered dreams.
2. Polysomnograpy demonstrates episodes of decreased respiration.
3. A complaint of dissatisfaction with sleep quantity or quality.
4. Snoring, snorting, gasping, or breathing pauses during sleep.
5. Recurrent periods of an irrepressible need to sleep.
6. Excessive sleepiness despite a main sleep period lasting at least 7 hours.

Here are this disorders:

A. Insomnia Disorder
B. Hypersomnolence Disorder
C. Narcolepsy
D. Sleep Apnea
E. Sleep-Related Hypoventilation
F. Nightmare Disorder

Match 'em up!

What do you say?

Answers are in comments.

Note: There are more sleep-wake disorders in the chapter. Sleep apnea is divided into two disorders--obstructive sleep apnea hypopnea and central sleep apnea. We didn't include circadian rhythm sleep-wake disorders, non-rapid eye movement sleep arousal disorders, rapid eye movement sleep behavior disorder, or restless legs syndrome. Too many for the quiz. Just the right amount for exam writers to dip in and pull out something semi-obscure to test you out with. But you'll be ready now.

Read up on the whole collection of sleep-wake disorders here:
Good luck on the licensing exam!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Matching Game: Cluster C Personality Disorders

Another DSM matching game to keep you on your toes as you prepare for the social work licensing exam. We've quizzed you on Cluster A and Cluster B. That leaves (drumroll)...Cluster C!

Your job: match the personality disorder with a symptom included within the disorder (the complete definitions would be giveaways, given the short, three-disorder list). Here are the disorders:

A. Avoidant personality disorder
B. Dependent personality disorder
C. Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder

And here are symptoms to match:

1. Excessive attention to mental control
2. Feelings of inadequacy
3. Pervasive fear

What do you think?

We tried to make these a trickier than they would've been with a more complete list of symptoms. Answers are in comments. To read up on the disorders, try Wikipedia:
These quizzes are fun, but they're just quizzes. For real test preparation, try the full-length practice tests at SWTP. Like they say, "Get practice, get licensed!" You can do it! Good luck!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Matching Game: Cluster A Personality Diorders

It's been a while, we're back! Here's a follow-up to our Cluster B matching game. It's--drumroll, please--a Cluster A matching game! Your job is simple: match the disorder to its description. Ready, and...go!

Here are the three disorders:

1. Paranoid personality disorder
2. Schizoid personality disorder
3. Schizotypal personality disorder

Here are three definitions:

A. Acute discomfort with close relationships as well as perceptual distortions and eccentricities of behavior.
B. Detachment from social relationships and a restricted range of expression of emotions.
C. Distrust and suspiciousness of others such that their motives are interpreted as malevolent.

But which disorder goes with which definition? Have at it. Answers are in comments.

Read up on all the personality disorders here:
These quizzes are good for a little mental weightlifting. For real test preparation, try the full-length practice tests at SWTPYou'll be licensed soon. Congratulations in advance!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Matching Game: Cluster B

When seen in a client, cluster B personality disorders aren't always easy to tell apart. On paper, it should be a little simpler. Here's a quick quiz: match the cluster B personality disorder with its symptom.

The disorders:

A. Antisocial personality disorder
B. Borderline personality disorder
C. Histrionic personality disorder
D. Narcissistic personality disorder

The symptoms:

1. Is uncomfortable in situations in which he or she is not the center of attention.
2. Is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him or her.
3. Impulsivity or failure to plan ahead.
4. Chronic feelings of emptiness.

What do you say? Answers are in comments.

For more reading about all of the personality disorders, try:
These quizzes are more for fun. For exam-style questions and complete practice tests, try SWTP. Happy studying and good luck with the exam!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Quick Quiz Collection

Every once in a while we put up a quick quiz to test your readiness for the ASWB exam. These aren't vignette questions like most of the items on the real exam are. (If you want vignette practice, try the ones at SWTP.)

These are more fun (at least we think so). They're little games--fill-in-the-blank, matching games... Some additional exercise to help you get prepped for the big exam. Have you tried them all? There' no time like the present. Here they are.


Tuesday, December 13, 2016

What is Paranoid Personality Disorder?

Continuing through the personality disorders, let's take a moment to review the criteria for paranoid personality disorder. Paranoia is a feature in other disorders (e.g., schizophrenia). What makes that paranoia a personality disorder?

Read on. The disorder is characterized by "A pervasive distrust and suspiciousness of others such that their motives are interpreted as malevolent, beginning by early  adulthood and present in a variety of contexts."

Four of the following are required for a diagnosis of paranoid personality disorder to be made:

1. Suspects, without sufficient basis, that others are exploiting, harming, or deceiving him or her.

2. Is preoccupied with unjustified doubts about the loyalty or trustworthiness of friends or associates.

3. Is reluctant to confide in others because of unwarranted fear that the information will be used maliciously against him or her.

4. Reads hidden demeaning or threatening meanings into benign remarks or events.

5. Persistently bears grudges.

6. Perceives attacks on his or her character or reputation that are not apparent to others and is quick to react angrily or to counterattack.

7. Has recurrent suspicions, without justification, regarding fidelity of spouse or sexual partner.

Symptoms cannot appear exclusively during the course of schizophrenia, bipolar I or II, or depressive disorder with psychotic features.

When you see a list of rule-outs like that, you know it's time to stare at them an imagine a question like this:

A social worker who sees a client who [LIST OF PARANOID SYMPTOMS]...What is the MOST likely diagnosis for this client.

A. Schizophrenia

B. Bipolar disorder

C. Depressive disorder with psychotic features

D. Paranoid personality disorder.

Different contents of those brackets will get you different correct answers. Before answering D) Paranoid personality disorder, be sure that paranoid attitudes are pervasive and in multiple contexts. Attributing malice and deceit to a single political candidate, for instance, isn't criteria-meeting. Believing in unprovable conspiracies also isn't a fit. (Delusions are not a criteria in this disorder.) What you should look for is a life-long pattern of extreme suspiciousness regarding a wide range of people. Non-delusional, far reaching, long-lasting. That's paranoid personality disorder.

More reading here: