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What Mental Disorder Do I Have?
Mental health challenges can be difficult to navigate, as there are often symptoms that overlap between varying conditions. If you are just starting out on your journey to learn more about your emotional health, it may help to take a general mental health quiz. This simple quiz can help you identify and narrow down your symptoms to get an idea of what might be going on.
Personality disorders, a type of mental health condition, involve a cluster of symptoms that can make interpersonal relationships difficult to navigate. A personality disorder quiz can help you determine whether your symptoms may indicate a personality disorder. Finding out more about your specific symptoms and needs can help you to find the treatment that effectively addresses your emotional health.
Who Is This Test For?
The personality disorder quiz is ideal if you experience certain symptoms or concerns that impact your quality of life. These include:
- Feelings of intense loneliness or emptiness
- Significant fear of abandonment in relationships
- Distrust of others’ intentions toward you
- Disconnection from others or urge to distance yourself from relationships
- Feeling insufficiently appreciated or acknowledged by others
- Lack of empathy for others’ experiences or pain
- Patterns of interpersonal conflict in relationships with others
- Chronic suicidal urges, thoughts or actions
Remember, a quiz cannot replace an assessment with a licensed mental health provider. If you take the quiz and find you have symptoms that indicate a potential diagnosis, reach out to a professional to learn more.
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Personality Disorder Test
This self-assessment quiz is designed to help you evaluate your mental health, but it is not a substitute for an official, clinical diagnosis of a personality disorder. The results of this assessment can be used as a guide to help you recognize whether you have the symptoms of a personality disorder. Consult with a physician or licensed mental health provider to discuss the results of this assessment.
The questions for this personality disorder quiz are based on the diagnostic criteria from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, 5th Edition (DSM-5). There are ten types of personality disorders listed in the DSM-5, each distinguished by specific symptoms and traits. Personality disorders include:
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Dependent personality disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
Keep in mind that any diagnosis given for a mental health condition requires an individual to meet a certain number of criteria. Many people have symptoms or traits of varying conditions but do not qualify for a full diagnosis because they do not meet the full criteria.
Whether you have traits of a personality disorder and wish to learn skills to manage them — or if you meet the criteria for a full diagnosis — you can find help through the assistance of trained mental health professionals.
What Are Personality Disorders?
Personality disorders are characterized as an ongoing, persistent pattern of thoughts and behaviors that differs significantly from someone’s culture. A personality disorder can cause a person emotional distress and impact their view of themselves and others. It can also cause difficulty with impulse control. The onset of most personality disorders occurs in adolescence or early adulthood.
About 9% of the population is affected by a personality disorder. The most prevalent disorder is obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD), which affects 8% of the population. Research has shown that anywhere from 34.8% to 73% of people who seek treatment for addiction have a co-occurring personality disorder. Further, people who live with a personality disorder have a higher chance of suicidal ideations and attempts. Around 75% of people with personality disorders make a suicide attempt, and 10% commit suicide.
Living with an untreated personality disorder can be uncomfortable; often, it significantly impacts a person’s life and their relationships with others. If you find yourself wondering if you have a personality disorder, it may be worthwhile to consider taking an online personality disorder assessment. The results can give you an idea of what you may be dealing with before you talk to a mental health provider to determine an official diagnosis.
FAQs About Personality Disorders
- What causes personality disorders?
Personality disorders can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, childhood trauma and abuse.
- Can personality disorders be treated?
Yes, and the best form of treatment is usually talk therapy. Helpful talk therapy approaches include cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, psychodynamic therapy, group work and transference-focused therapy.
- What are some signs and symptoms of a personality disorder?
Symptoms of personality disorder vary, but they typically include challenges with identity, feelings of emptiness, interpersonal challenges, difficulty with impulse control and fear of abandonment.
- Are there different types of personality disorders?
There are ten different types of personality disorders, and each one is distinct with certain diagnosis criteria.
- What should I do if I believe that I or someone that I know has a personality disorder?
If you believe you or someone you know may have a personality disorder, it can help to speak with a mental health provider or doctor about your concern.
- How do I explain having a personality disorder to loved ones, friends and others?
Having a personality disorder is nothing to be ashamed of, but it is your personal information and should be shared at your discretion. If you decide to talk to loved ones about your disorder, you can share some basic facts about the condition, including some of the symptoms that impact your life most.
Learning more about mental health conditions is a good way to find coping strategies that help you manage daily life. If you are curious about personality disorders or feel you may have symptoms, it could help to take our quiz to find out more.
If you or someone you love is struggling with a personality disorder and co-occurring addiction, The Recovery Village is here to help. Our licensed addiction experts are able to provide dual diagnosis care that addresses both your addiction and any other mental health conditions you may have. Contact us today to learn more about our individualized treatment programs and how they can work for your situation.
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- Medical Disclaimer
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