Differentiating Psychological Disorders
(Also try: The DSM-IV Classification for Psychological Disorders)

How well can you tell the different psychological disorders apart? This exercise will help you learn the differences among the different disorders and reinforce those distinctions. Your task in this exercise is to match the name of different psychological disorders with their correct definitions. Simply type in the correct name of the disorder in the box following each of the definitions given below.

Name of Psychological Disorder:
  • Agoraphobia
  • Antisocial Personality Disorder
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Major Depression
  • Multiple Personality Disorder
  • Narcissistic Personality Disorder
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Phobic Disorder
  • Psychogenic amnesia
  • Schizophrenia
  • Somatization Disorder

Definitions:

  1. A psychological disorder characterized by high levels of anxiety that are not specific to any single source.

  2. A psychological disorder characterized by unrealistic and excessive fear of a particular class of stimuli.

  3. A psychological disorder characterized by the fear of being away from a safe place or safe person.

  4. A psychological disorder characterized by recurrent, unwanted thoughts and strong urges to engage in some sort of repetitive ritual-like behavior.

  5. A psychological disorder characterized by complaints of wide-ranging ailments for which there are no apparent biological causes.

  6. A psychological disorder characterized by the inability to remember important events or vital personal information, such as one's identity.

  7. A psychological disorder characterized by the emergence of two or more complete and independently functioning personalities in one person, although only one personality is dominant at any one time.

  8. A psychological disorder characterized by persistent and severe feelings of sadness accompanied by changes in appetite, sleep, and behavior patterns.

  9. A psychological disorder characterized by alternating states of depression and mania separated by relatively undisturbed periods.

  10. A group of psychological disorders characterized by distortions of thought, perception, and emotion as well as bizarre behavior and social withdrawal.

  11. A psychological disorder characterized by an exaggerated sense of self-worth and an obsession with fantasies involving personal success.

  12. A psychological disorder characterized by a failure to conform to accepted standards of decency, repeated lying and stealing, failure to sustain loving relationships, a low tolerance for boredom, and an absence of guilt and anxiety.