Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Quick Quiz: Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders

It's time for another licensing exam prep quiz. How well do you know the Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders chapter of the DSM? Let's find out. Text comes from Wikipedia's DSM pages.

Name that disorder:

1.  The repeated urge to pick at one's own skin, often to the extent that damage is caused.

2. The obsessive idea that some aspect of one's own body part or appearance is severely flawed and warrants exceptional measures to hide or fix the perceived flaw.

3.  A long term urge that results in the pulling out of one's hair.

4.  A mental disorder where people feel the need to check things repeatedly, perform certain routines repeatedly, or have certain thoughts repeatedly.

5. Characterized by excessive acquisition and an inability or unwillingness to discard large quantities of objects that cover the living areas of the home

How'd you do?

If only the ASWB exam had questions like these. On the exam, you may get a few straightforward quiz-like questions. On the rest, your knowledge of DSM diagnoses is generally integrated with other social work knowledge within sometimes-confusing vignettes. Someone presents with such and such symptoms...a CBT practitioner would MOST likely try such and such approach. The best way to prepare to face those questions is to practice on questions just like them. Check out SWTP's practice questions--they're mostly vignettes. Some very similar questions may even show up on the exam.

Happy studying!

You want the answers? Scroll down....


1. Excoriation (Skin-Picking) Disorder
2. Body Dysmorphic Disorder
3. Trichotillomania (Hair-Pulling Disorder)
4. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
5. Hoarding Disorder

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