NCLEX Personality Disorders Quiz: Test Your Knowledge

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Hey, what do you know about personality disorders? Here is an interesting NCLEX quiz that is designed to test your knowledge of personality disorders. Personality disorder is a group of mental conditions that relates to our brain's and body's unhealthy way of thinking and functioning. How much do you know about such health conditions? Can you pass this quiz? Give it a shot and you'll get to know how much you actually know about this topic. So, have you understood all the rules? Shall we start then?

Personality disorders are complex and often misunderstood mental health conditions. They Read moreencompass a range of patterns of thoughts, behaviors, and emotions that can significantly impact a person's life and relationships. This quiz aims to assess your understanding of these disorders, but it's important to remember that a comprehensive understanding of mental health conditions, including personality disorders, requires in-depth study and guidance from qualified professionals. If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health issues, seeking help from a mental health expert is advisable. Mental health is an essential aspect of overall well-being, and support is available for those who need it. Good luck with the quiz!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    The clients with personality disorders seem to have difficulties in their social and occupational functions. Such clients will most likely:

    • A.

      Recover with therapeutic intervention

    • B.

      Respond to anti-anxiety medication

    • C.

      Manifest enduring patterns of inflexible behaviors

    • D.

      Seek treatment willingly from some personally distressing symptoms

    Correct Answer
    C. Manifest enduring patterns of inflexible behaviors
    Explanation
    Clients with personality disorders are characterized by enduring patterns of inflexible behaviors. These patterns are deeply ingrained and pervasive, making it difficult for individuals to adapt to different social and occupational situations. Therefore, it is most likely that clients with personality disorders will manifest these enduring patterns of inflexible behaviors rather than recovering with therapeutic intervention, responding to anti-anxiety medication, or seeking treatment willingly for personally distressing symptoms.

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  • 2. 

    A client tends to be insensitive to others, engages in abusive behaviors, and does not have a sense of remorse. What personality disorder does this client have? 

    • A.

      Narcissistic

    • B.

      Paranoid

    • C.

      Histrionic

    • D.

      Antisocial

    Correct Answer
    D. Antisocial
    Explanation
    This client's behavior of being insensitive to others, engaging in abusive behaviors, and lacking remorse aligns with the symptoms of Antisocial Personality Disorder. People with this disorder often disregard the rights of others, show a pattern of deceit and manipulation, and have a disregard for societal norms. They may also display a lack of empathy and remorse for their actions.

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  • 3. 

    The client who joins a support group and frequently preaches against abuse is considered to be demonstrating the use of _______. 

    • A.

      Denial

    • B.

      Reaction formation

    • C.

      Rationalization

    • D.

      Projection

    Correct Answer
    B. Reaction formation
    Explanation
    Reaction formation is a defense mechanism where an individual expresses exaggerated opposite behavior or attitudes to hide their true feelings or desires. In this case, the client who frequently preaches against abuse may be using reaction formation to hide their own abusive tendencies or past experiences with abuse. By preaching against abuse, they are trying to convince themselves and others that they are not capable of such behavior.

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  • 4. 

    A teenage girl named Maria is diagnosed to have a borderline personality disorder. Which of these manifestations support the diagnosis?

    • A.

      Lack of self-esteem, strong dependency needs and impulsive behavior

    • B.

      Social withdrawal. inadequacy. sensitivity to rejection and criticism

    • C.

      Suspicious. hypervigilance and coldness

    • D.

      Preoccupation with perfectionism. orderliness. and need for control

    Correct Answer
    A. Lack of self-esteem, strong dependency needs and impulsive behavior
    Explanation
    The manifestations of lack of self-esteem, strong dependency needs, and impulsive behavior support the diagnosis of borderline personality disorder. Borderline personality disorder is characterized by unstable self-image, intense fear of abandonment, and impulsive and reckless behavior. These manifestations align with the symptoms commonly associated with borderline personality disorder, indicating that Maria's diagnosis is supported by these symptoms.

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  • 5. 

    The plan of care for clients with borderline personality should include:

    • A.

      Limit setting and flexibility in schedule

    • B.

      Giving medications to prevent acting out

    • C.

      Restricting her from other clients

    • D.

      Ensuring she adheres to certain restrictions

    Correct Answer
    D. Ensuring she adheres to certain restrictions
    Explanation
    The plan of care for clients with borderline personality should include ensuring she adheres to certain restrictions. This is because individuals with borderline personality disorder often struggle with impulsivity and difficulty in maintaining boundaries. By enforcing certain restrictions, it helps provide structure and stability in their lives, which can be beneficial in managing their symptoms and promoting overall well-being.

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  • 6. 

    A 42-year-old male client is admitted to the ward because of bizarre behaviors. He was given a diagnosis of schizophrenia paranoid type. The client should have achieved the developmental task of:

    • A.

      Trust vs. mistrust

    • B.

      Industry vs. Inferiority

    • C.

      Generativity vs. stagnation

    • D.

      Ego integrity vs. despair

    Correct Answer
    D. Ego integrity vs. despair
    Explanation
    Ego integrity vs. despair is the correct answer because this developmental task occurs in late adulthood, typically around the age of 65 and beyond. It involves reflecting on one's life and accepting the choices and experiences that have led to a sense of fulfillment and satisfaction. In contrast, individuals who are unable to achieve ego integrity may experience feelings of regret, despair, and a sense of failure. Given that the client in the question is only 42 years old, it is unlikely that he would have reached this stage of development yet.

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  • 7. 

    Clients who are suspicious primarily use projection for which purpose:

    • A.

      To deny reality

    • B.

      To deal with feelings and thoughts that are not acceptable

    • C.

      To show resentment towards others

    • D.

      To manipulate others

    Correct Answer
    B. To deal with feelings and thoughts that are not acceptable
    Explanation
    Clients who are suspicious primarily use projection to deal with feelings and thoughts that are not acceptable. Projection is a defense mechanism where individuals attribute their own undesirable thoughts, feelings, or characteristics onto others. By projecting these unacceptable aspects onto others, the individual can distance themselves from these feelings and maintain a sense of self-integrity. This allows them to avoid facing their own uncomfortable emotions and thoughts, creating a sense of relief or denial.

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  • 8. 

    The client says “The FBI is out to get me.” What would be the nurse's best response in this case? 

    • A.

      “The FBI is not out to catch you.”

    • B.

      “I don’t believe that.”

    • C.

      “I don’t know anything about that. You are afraid of being harmed.”

    • D.

      “ What made you think of that?”

    Correct Answer
    C. “I don’t know anything about that. You are afraid of being harmed.”
    Explanation
    The nurse's best response in this case would be "I don't know anything about that. You are afraid of being harmed." This response acknowledges the client's fear and validates their feelings without confirming or denying the client's belief. It shows empathy and allows for further exploration of the client's concerns.

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  • 9. 

    The client on Haldol has pill rolling tremors and muscle rigidity. He is likely manifesting:

    • A.

      Tardive dyskinesia

    • B.

      Pseudoparkinsonism

    • C.

      Akinesia

    • D.

      Dystonia

    Correct Answer
    B. Pseudoparkinsonism
    Explanation
    The client is likely manifesting pseudoparkinsonism. Pseudoparkinsonism is a side effect of antipsychotic medications such as Haldol, characterized by symptoms similar to Parkinson's disease. Pill rolling tremors and muscle rigidity are classic symptoms of pseudoparkinsonism. Tardive dyskinesia refers to involuntary movements of the face and limbs, akinesia refers to a lack of movement, and dystonia refers to abnormal muscle contractions.

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  • 10. 

    If a client behaves in a very hostile toward one of the staff for no apparent reason, then the client is said to be manifesting:

    • A.

      Splitting

    • B.

      Transference

    • C.

      Countertransference

    • D.

      Resistance

    Correct Answer
    B. Transference
    Explanation
    When a client behaves in a very hostile manner towards a staff member for no apparent reason, it is likely that the client is manifesting transference. Transference refers to the unconscious redirection of feelings and emotions from past relationships onto a current person or situation. In this case, the client may be unconsciously projecting their negative feelings or hostility from a previous relationship onto the staff member, causing them to behave in a hostile manner.

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Jennifer DeSetto |MSN- Mental Health |
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Jennifer is an ANCC board-certified PMHNP with a decade of experience in mental health. She excels in medication management and evidence-based practices, having worked in private practice, community mental health centers, and inpatient settings. Jennifer earned her MSN in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing from Molloy University and holds a certification as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Her expertise enriches our quiz review process, ensuring quizzes align with current psychiatric nursing practices and standards.

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