Psychiatry Question Bank – 38 Multiple Choice Questions on “Organic Mental Disorders”
1. The psychological disorder most commonly associated with myxoedema is:
D. Paranoid feeling
Apathy, lethargy, memory impairment, slows tuning, poor attention span, paranoid ideations, dementia (myxoedema madness).
2. Disorientation occurs in:
A. Organic brain syndrome
Disorientation is common in delirium.
3. All the following are true about dementia, except:
A. Clouding of the consciousness is common
B. Is often irreversible
C. Hallucinations are not common
D. Nootropics play a limited role
4. A reversible cause of dementia is:
B. Senile dementia
D. Huntington’s chorea
Reversible causes of dementia are:
Drug induced toxin
5. The best test for organic brain syndrome is:
A. Rorschach test
B. Thematic apperception test
C. Sentence completion test
D. Bender-gestalt test
Bender gestalt is used most frequently with adults as a screening device for signs of organic dysfunction.
1. Weschler memory scale (1938, Lauretta Bender)
2. Benton visual retention test (sensitive for short term memory loss).
Reasoning, concept formation, and problem solving:
1. Wisconsin card sorting test.
1. Alfred binet (1905) test IQ = MA/CA X 100
2. Weschler adult intelligence scale
3. Weschler intelligence scale for children
4. Weschler preschool and primary scale of intelligence.
Objective personality Assessment:
1. Minnesota multiphasic personality inventing (MMPI).
Projective personality Assessment:
1. Rorscharch test – scoring is done based on,
2. Thematic apperception test (TAT) (Mary and Morgan)
3. Sentence completion test (SCT)
4. Word-association technique (Carl Gustav Jung)
5. Draw a person test (Machover).
6. A 50-year-old man complains of slowness of movements, postural instability, tremor, rigidity, and memory loss. The diagnosis is:
B. Multi-infarct dementia
C. Alzheimer’s disease
7. A patient presents with impaired consciousness, fragmentary delusions, visual hallucinations, and hyperactivity. The diagnosis is:
C. Paranoid psychosis
Disturbance of consciousness and a change in cognition that develops over a short time. Acute confusion with diurnal variations does occur. Dementia: Characterized by several cognitive deficits including impaired memory.
Impaired memory without other cognitive impairments.
Mini mental states examination (MMSE) questionnaire: Practical method for grading the cognitive state of patients consists of orientation, registration, attention and calculation, construction and language tests which comprises of naming, repetition, comprehension reading, and performing command. Maximum score is 30.
A score of less than 25 suggests impairment.
8. A patient with pneumonia for 5 days ceases to recognize the doctor and staff, complains of scorpions attacking him and is in altered sensorium. This condition is known as:
D. Acute paranoia
9. Chandu, a 32-year-old, presents with acute abdominal pain and vomiting. He also complains of some psychiatric diagnosis is:
D. Intermittent porphyria
10. A patient presented with a short-lasting episode of behavioral changes which include agitation and a dreamlike state with thrashing movements of his limbs. He does not recall any of these episodes and there is no precipitating factor likely. The most likely diagnosis is:
B. Temporal lobe epilepsy
C. Panic episodes
D. Dissociation disorder
11. Delusions are seen in all the following, except:
D. Compulsive disorders
12. The following is suggestive of an organic cause of the behavioral symptoms:
A. Prominent visual hallucinations
B. Auditory hallucinations
C. Delusions of fruit
D. Formal thought disorder
13. Signs of organic brain damage are evident on:
A. Bender gestalt test
B. Rorschach test
C. sentence completion test
D. Thematic apperception test
Thematic Apperception Test, Rorschach, and sentence completion tests are for projective personality assessment tests. Others include word association technique; draw a person test, etc.
14. Dementia is a clinical feature of the following:
Dementia in a chronic organic mental disorder characterized by impairment of intellectual function, memory impairment, deterioration of personality with lack of personal care, emotional liability, catastrophic reaction, thought abnormalities, disorientation in time, place and person, urinary and fecal incontinence.
Some important causes of dementia include:
1. Parenchymatous brain disease: – Alzheimer’s disease, pick’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s chorea, steel Richardson syndrome.
2. Vascular dementia – Multi-infarct dementia, subcortical vascular dementia.
3. Toxic dementias – Bromide intoxication, drugs heavy metals, alcohol, carbon monoxide analysis, anticonvulsants, benzodiazepines, psychotropic drugs.
4. Metabolic dementias – Chronic hepatic or ureic encephalopathy, dialysis dementia, Wilson’s diseases.
5. Endocrine causes – Thyroid, parathyroid, pituitary, adrenal dysfunction.
6. Deficiency dimensions – Pernicious anemia pellagra folic acid deficiency, thiamine deficiency.
7. Dementias due to injections – Creutzfeldt Jacob diseases, neurosyphilis, chronic meningitis, viral encephalitis, AIDS dementia, other HIV related disorders, subacute scalding panencephalitis.
8. Neoplastic dementias – Neoplasms and other intra cranial space occupying lesion.
9. Traumatic dementias – Chronic subdural hematoma, head injury.
10. Hydrocephalic dementia – Normal pressure hydrocephalus.
Of these hypothyroid is one of the most important treatable and reversible causes of dementia, second only to toxic dementias. It accounts for less than l per cent of dementias. Clinical diagnosis is difficult & hence laboratory tests have to be resorted for correct diagnosis.
15. Condition tertiary to anxiety neurosis is seen in:
D. Cushing’s syndrome
16. Fluctuating level of consciousness is seen in:
Other fealties of delirium:
Alteration of sleep-wake cycle
17. Reversible dementia is a feature of:
A. Alzheimer’s disease
B. Pick’s disease
C. Multi infarct dementia
Also remember – most common cause of dementia – Alzheimer’s disease. 2nd most common cause – multi infarct dementia
18. Peptic ulcers are uncommon in:
B. Obsessive compulsive
19. Mini mental scale in psychiatry interview is:
A. No point cognitive test
C. Dose related in psychiatric interview
D. 30 point cognitive test
Mild dementia 20-24. Moderate – 11-19 Severe – 0-10.
20. Reversible dementia is characteristically seen in:
A. Distemper’s diseases
D. Pill’s disease
Hypothyroidism accounts for less than 1 percent of dementias.
21. Dementia pugilistica is seen in:
A. Punch-drunk syndrome
C. Alzheimer’s diseases
D. Senile dementia
22. The most common cause of dementia is:
A. Alzheimer’s disease
C. Neuro syphilis
70 percent of all cases of Dementia.
23. Lucid interval is seen in:
C. Wernicke’s encephalopathy
D. Tertiary syphilis
24. Psychiatric manifestation is seen in all of the following, except:
A. Acute cuter militant porphyries’
B. Secondary syphilis
25. Parkinsonism most commonly presents with:
A. Mania B. Schizophrenia
C. Phobia D. Depression
26. Among the following, visual hallucination is most commonly seen in:
A. Temporal lobe epilepsy
D. Amphetamine toxicity
27. Subcortical dementia is seen in all, except:
A. Alzheimer’s disease
B. Huntington’s chorea
D. Wilson’s diseases
Causes of subcortical dementia are-Huntington’s chorea, Parkinson’s, Progressive supranuclear palsy, Wilson’s disease.
28. All findings are seen in Petit mal epilepsy, except:
A. No tonic-Clonic phase
B. Transient loss of consciousness
C. Ethosuximide is the drug of choice
D. Non-specific EEG pattern.
29. Anxiety is a common symptom of all of the following, except:
Hypothyroidism, hypoglycemia and Pheochromocytoma can manifest as anxiety.
30. The commonest psychological feature of AIDS is:
C. Suicidal tendency
31. All the following are true about delirium, except:
A. Clear Consciousness
C. Sun downing
D. Marked perceptual disturbance
32. All of the following are true about dementia, except:
A. Memory impairment
B. Altered sensorium
C. Depressed mood
D. Loss of neurons in brain matter
33. A characteristic of sub cortical dementia is:
A. Memory loss
D. Tactile Agnosia
34. Receptive aphasia disorder increasing with age is commonly associated with:
A. Conversion disorder
B. Attention deficit disorder
D. Down syndrome
35. Biochemical etiology of Alzheimer’s relates to:
Degradation of Acetylcholine and thereby a reduction of its concentration is seen in Alzheimer’s dementia.
36. The occurrence of which of the following symptoms would allow differentiation between delirium and dementia?
A. An impaired judgment
B. A memory deficit
C. An impaired consciousness
D. An impaired process of thinking
37. In the absence of auditory hallucinations visual or tactile hallucinations are in favors of are of the following conditions:
A. Conversion disorder
B. Panic disorder
C. Manic disorders
D. Organic brain syndrome
38. All of the following are subtests of a verbal Wechsler scale, except:
D. Picture arrangement
Verbal scale has seven subjects. Picture arrangement is a subject in performance scale.
1.A 2.A 3.C 4.C 5.D 6.A 7.B 8.A 9.D 10.B 11.B 12.A 13.A 14.A 15.B 16.B 17.D 18.C 19.D 20.B 21.A 22.A 23.A 24.B 25.D 26.C 27.A 28.D 29.D 30.B 31.A 32.B 33.A 34.D 35.C 36.C 37.D 38.D