This AP Psychology practice test covers abnormal behavior and the treatment of abnormal behavior. For this section of the AP Psychology course, you will need to know definitions of abnormality and theories of psychopathology. There will also be questions on the primary types of disorders and the various approaches to treatment. Test your knowledge now with our free abnormal psychology quiz.
According to the biological perspective, psychological disorders result from:
Traumatic childhood experiences
Lack of positive self-regard
Dysfunctional societal views
What kind of psychologist would be most likely to explain depression as the result of an unconscious process in which anger is turned inward, likely due to repression?
During the manic phase of a bipolar disorder, individuals are most likely to experience:
lethargy and immobility
high irrational self-esteem
delusions of persecution
grief and despair
Which of the following is considered to be a psychotic disorder?
antisocial personality disorder
dissociative identity disorder
post-traumatic stress disorder
An antisocial personality disorder is most likely to be characterized by:
a lack of feelings of guilt and disregard for the law
a persistent, irrational fear of people
delusions of grandeur
disruptions in conscious awareness and sense of identity
episodes of intense autonomic nervous system arousal
What are obsessions?
False beliefs of persecution of grandeur.
Hyperactive, wildly optimistic states of emotion.
Offensive and unwanted thoughts that persistently preoccupy a person.
Periodic episodes of intense dread accompanied by frightening physical sensations.
Persistent, irrational fears of specific objects or situations.
For which of the following would the DSM 5 be most useful?
Kim is excessively introverted.
Denise is chronically depressed.
John has poor interpersonal skills.
Tyson has trouble solving algebra problems.
Tony is unsure of his sexual orientation.
People with a narcissistic personality disorder are likely to be preoccupied with:
an irrational fear of people
delusions of persecution
physical symptoms of distress
doing uncontrollable repetitive behaviors
their own self-importance
Leslie, a teacher, complains that she feels apprehensive and fearful most of the time but doesn’t know why. Without warning, her heart begins to pound, her hands get icy, and she breaks out in a cold sweat. What psychological disorder does Leslie likely suffer from?
generalized anxiety disorder
Which category of psychological disorders is most commonly treated in the United States?
Somatic symptom disorders
Lula Cook’s husband, Peter, went on a work trip and never returned home. Lula and her children presumed him to be dead. Years later, while on a road trip in another state, a real estate billboard caught Lula’s eye — because it was her husband, now with a new life and a new family! Peter’s symptoms and behavior would suggest what psychological occurrence?
Dissociative identity disorder
Edward is an institutionalized mental patient who believes that people are out to get him and that the President communicates directly with him via the ketchup bottle on the dinner table. Edward is demonstrating what psychological symptom?
The DSM 5 classification of psychological disorders does not consider which of the following to be a disorder?
Dissociative Identity Disorder
Which of the following fears or phobias is considered the fear of open spaces?
Hugh has returned from a 6-month deployment in Afghanistan. He now hits the ground at the sight of an airplane or helicopter, jumps at the sound of a firecracker, and has vivid nightmares that haunt him in his sleep. Which psychological disorder does he likely suffer from?
Delusions of Persecution
Dissociative Identity Disorder
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
A significant difference between a fear and a phobia is that:
Phobias are fears that are irrational and out of proportion to the stimulus
Phobias are fears under the individual’s control
Phobias are not effectively treated by psychotherapy
Fears bring about less intense actions
Fears activate the parasympathetic nervous system, phobias do not
Which of the following is true of schizophrenia?
It affects men more frequently than women.
It is a component of dissociative identity disorder.
It is caused by an increase in serotonin to the brain.
It is more prevalent among the wealthy than the poor.
It typically becomes apparent in early adulthood.
Rod was a boxer, routinely taking punches to his head and body. One day, he was punched over his right eye, and he indicated immediately afterward that he was blind. Doctors in the hospital indicated no physiological cause for the blindness. This may be a case of what psychological disorder?
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Traumatic brain injury
David counts the cracks in the sidewalk while he walks to work from his subway stop. As he sees the front door of his office, he fears he has miscounted and must return to the subway stop to get an accurate count before beginning his day. What psychological disorder is this behavior exemplifying?
DSM 5 refers to:
Developmental and Social Expectations for Mental Development, 5th edition
Developmental and Statistical Model of Mental Disorders, 5th edition
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition
Dietary and Statistical Model for Avoidance of Mental Defects, 5th edition
Drug and Shock for Mental Disorders, 5th edition
DSM 5 contains:
Defined specific criteria for each psychological disorder
Biological causes of disorders
Environmental causes of disorders
Suggested treatments for disorders
Preventative measures to avoid developing a disorder
Daniel lied, stole, fought, and conned people throughout his life. Further, he felt no guilt for his actions, even as he ruined the lives of those closest to him. He likely would be diagnosed with which personality disorder?
Panic Disorder is classified as which type of disorder?
Generalized anxiety disorders:
Are synonymous with phobias
Are much less debilitating than phobias
Can be easily and quickly treated
Often have no specific external cause
Typically begin due to a tragic event