Mental health aide training test

Staff Builders of Lake Success, NY, has developed a comprehensive mental health aide training program that requires participants to take post-tests at the end of each of the program’s four two-hour segments. Here’s a sample of the post-test for the segment on "What is Mental Illness?"

Multiple choice: Please answer the following multiple choice questions by circling the best answer. Choose only one. Each question is worth 10 points.

1. Patients with schizophrenia may experience:

    a. auditory hallucinations

    b. delusional thinking

    c. flat affect

    d. all of the above

2. Major depression is an illness characterized by:

    a. occasional "bad moods" that pass

    b. alcohol and substance abuse

    c. poor work history and problems with authority

    d. depressed mood and loss of interest in activities

3. A patient suffering from bipolar illness:

    a. is not always aware that he or she is ill

    b. may experience "highs" and "lows"

    c. may talk too much, butt in, and cause disruption

    d. all of the above

4. One of the most common treatments for bipolar illness is:

    a. rest and relaxation

    b. involuntary commitment

    c. tranquilizers

    d. lithium and therapy

5. People with an anxiety disorder:

    a. worry more than normal

    b. are at risk for suicide

    c. are sometimes treated with anti-anxiety and antidepressant medications

    d. all of the above

True or false: Please answer the following questions by circling either T for true or F for false. Each question is worth 10 points.

6. Schizophrenia is a curable disease.

    T F

7. Sleep and appetite disturbances can be symptoms of major depression and bipolar illness.

    T F

8. If patients would try harder, they wouldn’t suffer from mental illness.

    T F

9. Splitting or setting people against one another is a common behavior associated with borderline personality disorder.

    T F

10. Patients with borderline personality disorder often have intense, unstable relationships.

    T F

11. Patients suffering from major mental illness may have trouble taking care of themselves.

    T F

12. Affect refers to the way feelings are shown on a person’s face.

    T F

13. People with obsessive thoughts can’t get troublesome thoughts out of their minds.

    T F

14. People with compulsions feel they must do certain behaviors to decrease feelings of anxiety.

    T F

15. A panic disorder produces acute distress that is present constantly.

    T F

Answers: 1. d; 2. d; 3. d; 4. d; 5. d; 6. F; 7. T; 8. F; 9. T; 10. T; 11. T; 12. T; 13. T; 14. T; 15. F