How much do you know about mental disorders?



During the eight year presidency of George W. Bush, many people wondered whether he was stupid, but the truth is, he was in the top 10 percent of the population in terms of intelligence, as his IQ was above 120. It has been observed by the ones close to him that he is just not mentally present when it it is the time to think or make a decision. He was described as “glib, incurious and a result of ill-informed” by his loyal speechwriter, David Frum. He was also accused of lacking intellectual depth by Joe Scarborough, political advisor and former former Republican congressman, and what makes his claims more credible is Bush’s description of his thinking style as “not very critical”.

This kind of behaviour for a person with high IQ might surprise you, but in alll honesty it applies to more people than we think. This incongruity has been struggled for 15 years by Keith Stanovich who is a professor of human development and applied psychology at the University of Toronto, Canada. He doesn’t think that there is anything inappropriate about it. There are several mental faculties that IQ tests can measure; including logic, abstract reasoning, learning ability and working-memory capacity. But all these tests do not work well, when one needs to measure the ability of making judgements in real-life situations. One of the primary reason behind the test’s incapacitation to do so is that they don’t have the ability to assess certain things like a a person’s ability to critically weigh up information, or whether an individual can override the intuitive cognitive biases that lead us astray.

“Sensitive people usually love deeply and hate deeply. They don’t know any other way to live than by extremes because thier emotional theromastat is broken.”
― Shannon L. Alder

“Cruel people offer pity when they no longer feel threatened. However, kind people offer compassion and understanding regardless.”
― Shannon L. Alder

“People that have been consistently hurt by others in life will only see the one time you hurt them and be blinded to all the good your heart has to offer. They look no further than what they want to see. Unfortunately, most of them remain a victim throughout their life.”
― Shannon L. Alder

“Love is not enough. It takes courage to grab my father’s demon, my own, or – God help me – my child’s and strap it down and stop its mad jig; to sit in a row of white rooms filled with pills and clubbed dreamers and shout: stop smiling, shut up; shut up and stop laughing; you’re sitting in hell. Stop preaching; stop weeping. You are a manic-depressive, always. your life is larger than most, unimaginable. You’re blessed; just admit it and take the damn pill.”
― David Lovelace, Scattershot: My Bipolar Family

“Mental illnesses grab you by the leg, screaming, and chow you down whole.They make you selfish. They make you irrational. They make you irrational. They make you self-absorbed. They make you needy. They make you cancel plans last minute. They make you not very fun to spend time with. They make you exhausting to be near.”
― Holly Bourne, Am I Normal Yet?

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  • Question of

    What mental illness do many criminals suffer from?

    • anexoria nervosa
    • split personality disorder
    • avoidant personality disorder
    • antisocial personality disorder
  • Question of

    In developed nations, what medical condition is diagnosed most?

    • cancer
    • mental illness
    • heart disease
    • Lyme disease
  • Question of

    How are mental disorders best treated?

    • medical intervention and psychotherapy
    • shock therapy
    • psychotherapy alone
    • there is no treatment
  • Question of

    Which of the following symptoms do autistic children often display?

    • hearing loss
    • poor communication and social interaction skills
    • severe bruising
    • spontaneous sleep
  • Question of

    At what age is autism usually noticed?

    • by age 3
    • before birth
    • by 6 months
    • about age 12
  • Question of

    Which is NOT a symptom of schizophrenia?

    • delusions
    • hallucinations
    • catatonic behavior
    • ability to solve difficult math problems
  • Question of

    What does a person with bipolar disorder experience?

    • extreme shifts in body temperature from hot to cold
    • mood swings from one extreme to another
    • sexual attraction to both men and women
    • menopausal and premenstrual symptoms
  • Question of

    Which of the following mental disorders can be treated with medication and therapy?

    • schizophrenia
    • bipolar disorder
    • panic disorder
    • all of the above
  • Question of

    Agoraphobia is the fear of ______ .

    • spiders
    • open spaces
    • heights
    • snakes
  • Question of

    What anxiety disorder do many war veterans suffer from?

    • PTSD
    • GAD
    • ABC
    • OCD
  • Question of

    What is OCD?

    • a fear of open and closing doors
    • abuse of over-the-counter drugs
    • occupational control disorder
    • obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Question of

    Which is NOT a symptom of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder?

    • lack of focus
    • sleepiness
    • fidgety behavior
    • impulsive behavior
  • Question of

    What is one cause of ADHD in children?

    • premature birth
    • too much sugar
    • too much TV
    • chocolate and caffeine during mother’s pregnancy
  • Question of

    Why do many women suffer from eating disorders?

    • They are afraid of growing up.
    • They have complex biological and psychological problems.
    • They want to impress others with how skinny they can be.
    • They like how they look.
  • Question of

    Which is NOT a sign of an eating disorder?

    • excessive exercise
    • use of laxatives
    • obsession with food
    • eating only orange foods (carrots, cheese curls, oranges)

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