Text For The Exam:THE BASICS, Second Edition: A Curriculum for Co-Occurring Psychiatric and Substance Disorders. Author: Rhonda McKillip M.Ed, LMHC, MAC, CCDCIII, CDP. Foreword: Kenneth Minkoff MD

5 Sample Questions

Mental illnesses are disorders that disrupt a persons:

  • A. Thinking.
  • B. Feeling and mood.
  • C. Ability to relate to others.
  • D. All of the above.

Substance abuse and dependence disorders result in:

  • A. Healthy ways of coping with stress.
  • B. Signs of serious psychiatric disorders.
  • C. Unhealthy patterns of alcohol and other drug use that lead to significant impairment and distress.
  • D. Medical disorders of the brain.

Substance disorders are linked to psychiatric disorders in ways that can include: 

  • A. A and B.
  • B. Substance disorders can mask or cover up a mental illness.
  • C. Substance disorders can mimic or imitate a psychiatric disorder.
  • D. Substance disorders are primary and cause the secondary psychiatric Disorders.

How does a person recognize the difference between the mood swings caused from the abuse of alcohol (a depressant) and cocaine (a stimulant) or a Bipolar Disorder?

  • A. Perform a toxicology screening.
  • B. Perform a toxicology screening.
  • C. Reduce substance abuse or work toward abstinence.
  • D. d. Administer the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory.

Co-occurring psychiatric and substance disorders:

  • A. Rely on each other to exist.
  • B. Cannot exist independently.
  • C. Each is primary and independent of each other.
  • D. Do not have an effect on each other in the disease process.