Psychiatry Question Bank – 49 Multiple Choice Questions on “Schizophrenia”
1. Bleuler’s criteria for schizophrenia include all the following, except:
A. Loosening of association
C. Inappropriate affect
Fundamental symptoms of schizophrenia were explained by Bleuler. They include (4 A’s)
1. Loosening of association
4. Affective disturbances
2. A drug of therapeutic benefit in schizophrenia is:
Adjuvant antiparkinsonian medications to prevent extrapyramidal symtoms include:
1. Trihexy phenydyl (pacitane)
3. Schizophrenia is characterized by all the following except:
A. Delusion of control
B. Delusion of reference
C. Waxy flexibility
D. Altered sensorium
4. Which type of schizophrenia has a late onset and has good prognosis:
A. Simple schizophrenia
B. Hebephrenic schizophrenia
C. Catatonic schizophrenia
D. Paranoid schizophrenia
Onset of catatonic subtype is usually acute, in the late 2nd and early 3rd decade. The course is usually episodic and recovery is complete.
5. In schizophrenia, early onset with poor prognosis is seen in:
Onset usually in the early 2nd decade, recovery from the episode classically never occurs. Hebephrenic (or disorganized) schizophrenia has one of the worst prognoses among subtypes of schizophrenia.
6. All the following are first-order rank symptoms of schizophrenia except:
B. Running commentary
C. Primary delusion
D. Somatic passivity
7. A person quarrels and hits his neighbor. The next day he starts feeling that he is being followed by the police who may arrest him. He also feels that his neighbors are controling him through radio waves. The diagnosis is:
A. Delusions of persecution
C. Thought insertion
To see the criteria for paranoid schizophrenia.
8. A 45-year-old male presents with waxy flexibility, negativism and decreased motor behaviour. The most probable diagnosis is:
A. Hebephrenic SZP
B. Catatonic SZP
C. Paranoid SZP
D. Simple SZP
Clinical features of catatonic schizophrenic are:
6. Echolalia, Echopraxia
7. Waxy flexibility
9. Mannerisms, stereotypes, automatic, obedience, variegation, preservation, etc.
Clinical features of paranoid SZP:
1. Delusion of persecution, reference, grandeur, control, infidelity.
2. Hallucinations usually have a persecutory/grandiose content
3. Disturbance of affect, volition, speech and motor behavior.
Onset – insidious, occurs later in life, late 3rd and early 4th decade.
Clinical features of hebephrenic or disorganized SZP:
1. Marked thought disorder incoherence of hallucinations are fragmentary and changeable.
2. Emotional disturbances
Onset—insidious, usually in early 2nd decade. The recovery from the episode classically never occurs (This is one of the worst prognosis).
Clinical features of simple SZP:
1. Presence of characteristic negative symptoms of residual schizophrenia (like marked social withdrawal, shallow emotional response, loss of initiation and drive).
Delusions and hallucination are usually absent.
Prognosis is usually very poor. Clinical features of residual and latent SZP:
1. Prominent negative schizophrenic symptoms.
2. Evidence in the past of at least one clear cut psychotic episode.
3. A period of at least 1 yr during which the intensity and frequency of florid symptoms such as delusions and hallucination have been minimal or substantially reduced and the negative schizophrenic syndrome has been present.
4. Absence of dementia/other organic brain disease/ disorder and of chronic depression or institutionalism sufficient to explain the negative impairments.
9. A16-year-old boy does not attend school because of the fear of being harmed by school mats. He thinks that his class mates laugh at and take about him. He is even scared of going out to the market. He is most likely suffering from:
A. Anxiety neurosis
B. Manic-depressive psychosis
C. Adjustment Reaction
This person has:
Delusion of persecution
Delusion of reference
Poor socio occupational functioning.
10. The most frequent period for onset of schizophrenia:
C. Middle adulthood
D. Old age
11. The major neurotransmitter hypothesis states that there is a hyperactivity of dopaminergic systems in:
B. Anxiety enuresis
There is final increase of dopamine at the postsynaptic receptors in schizophrenia.
12. Auditory (third person) hallucinations, features of affect, disturbance, delusional perception, perplexity are seen in:
A. Anxiety neurosis
Schizophrenia was earlier known as dementia praecox. This term was coined by Eugen Bleuler. Schizophrenia means mental splitting. He described the characteristic symptoms known as the fundamental symptoms of schizophrenia which is called as the 4A’s of Bleuler. 1. Ambivalence 2. Autism 3. Affect disturbances 4. Loosening of Association. He also described the active symptoms which included symptoms like delusions, hallucinations and negativism. Kurt Schneider described certain symptoms which are popularly called as Schneider’s first rank symptoms. They are as follows:
A. Audible thoughts
B. Voice heard arguing
C. Voice commenting on one’s action
Thought alienation phenomena:
A. Thought withdrawal
B. Thought insertion
C. Thought diffusion or broad coasting
A. Made feelings or affect
B. Made impulses
C. Made coalition or acts
D. Somatic passivity
Delusional perception – normal perception has a private and illogical meaning:
He also described second rank symptoms like other form of hallucinations, perplexity and affect disturbances. Incidence is 1/1000.
13. Schneider’s diagnostic criteria for schizophrenia include the following first rank symptom:
C. Though insertion
D. Suicidal tendency
14. Incidence is schizophrennia in India is:
A. 1-5 per 1000
B. 0.015-0.5 per 1000
C. 5-10 per 1000
D. 10-15 per 1000
15. The prognosis of schizophrenia is unproved by:
A. Atypical symptoms
B. Emotional flattening
C. Strong family history of schizophrenia
D. None of these
Also remember Type I and Type II schizophrenia – coined by T J crow.
16. All of the following are Schneider’s first rank symptoms except:
A. Auditory hallucination
B. Delusional percept
C. Passivity phenomenon
D. Delusions of self-reference
Also remember-FRS is not specific to schizophrenia Total FRS – 11
An easy method to remember:
I. Three types of Hallucinations 1. Audible thoughts, 2. Voice discussing, 3. Voice commenting
II. Three types of though distufbance 1. though withdrawal, 2. though inertia, 3. though broadcast
III. Three types of made phenomena 1. Made affect, 2. Made impulse, 3. Made volition
Other-2: Somatic passivity and delusional percept.
17. Simple schizophrenia is best characterized by the following feature:
A. Social withdrawal
B. Persistent hallucination
C. Persistent delusions
D. Formal thought
Simple schizophrenia – Has an early onset, insidious and progressive course. There is preponderance of negative symptoms. Delusions and hallucinations and ill systematized. Prognosis is poor.
18. Paranoid schizophrenia present with:
A. Abnormal behaviors
B. Persecutory or grandiose delusions
C. Psychomotor disturbance
D. Incoherence and incongruous affect
Paranoid subtype of schizophrenia is characterized by delusions of persecution/reference/grandeur/ infidelity and hallucinations. Personality deterioration is much less.
19. The following one is a first rank symptom in schizophrenia:
B. Thought insertion
Schneider introduced concept of first rank symptom First rank symptoms are not specific to schizophrenia.
20. Psychomotor features are seen in the following type of schizophrenia:
Catatonia can present as excitement and stupor.
21. Percentage of schizophrenia affected patients in a population is (life time risk of schizophrenia):
A. 1 percent
B. 2 percent
C. 0.5 percent
D. 5 percent
22. Percentage of monozygotic twins with schizophrenia:
A. 0.1 percent
B. 1 percent
C. 10 percent
D. Over 50 percent
Actual concordance rate for monozygotic twins 46 percent
23. Bad prognosis in schizophrenia is associated with the following factors:
B. Gradual onset
C. Presence of Depression
D. Absence of family history
24. Which of the following is not a feature of schizophrenia?
A. Literally means “Splitting of mind”
B. Peak incidence occurs is 15 to 30 years age group
C. People with low intelligence are more predisposed
D. Predominantly a disease of females
25. All are features of schizophrenia except:
A. Altered affect
B. Incongruity of emotion
C. Altered intellectual functions
26. Schizophrenia like picture is a side effect of:
Acute amphetamine intoxication can present like schizophrenia (paranoid subtype).
27. Schizophrenia with worst prognosis:
Subjects of schizophrenia with poor prognosis are – disorganized, simple, undifferentiated.
28. The most common type of hallucinations seen in schizophrenia is:
Types are thought echo, elementary, third person, running commentary.
29. The good prognostic factor in schizophrenia is:
A. Affective disorder
B. Gradual onset
C. Family history
D. Hebephrenic type
30. Drug of choice for the treatment of negative symptoms of schizophrenia is:
Atypical ant psychotics (risperidone, clozapine, olanzapine, ziprasidone) are effective in the treatment of negative symptoms.
31. Negative symptoms of schizophrenia include all of the following, except:
A. Affective blunting and flattening
D. Poverty of thought content
Negative symptoms – Apathy, a motivation, poverty of speech, affective blunting, a socializations.
32. One of these symptoms does not occur in schizophrenia:
A. Thought alienation
B. Paranoid delusion
33. Which type of schizophrenia has an early onset and bad Prognosis?
D. Simple schizophrenia.
34. Best prognosis is seen with which symptom of schizophrenia:
C. Auditory hallucination
D. Poverty of thought
Apathy, anhedonia, and poverty of thought are negative symptoms and indicate poor prognosis.
35. All of the following are characteristic features of catatonic schizophrenia, except:
D. Flight of ideas
Features of catatonia mutism, rigidity, negativism, posturing, stupor, echolalia, echopraxia, waxy flexibility, ambitendency, mannerism, verbigeration.
36. The Primary defect in schizophrenia is:
C. Thought disorder
37. The commonest type of schizophrenia is:
38. A bad prognostic factors in schizophrenia is:
A. Late onset
B. Family history of schizophrenia
C. Affective symptoms
D. Presence of depression
39. Schizophrenia-like syndrome is seen in drug abuses of:
40. All the following are features of schizophrenia, except:
B. Elated mood
C. Autochthonous derision
41. A 65-year-old man feels there are some people living upstairs who are going to take all his wealth and are always criticizing him, while his attendant states that there is no one living upstairs. The attendant also complains of the man’s weird behavior like keeping his shoes in the fridge, had wearing his vest over his shirt. The most likely diagnosis is:
In this case pt has delusions of persecutions of reference and this is likely to b? a case of paranoid schizophrenia.
42. A 22-year-old female hears voices asking her to do emphasizing thing like sleep with the person sitting next to her and she does so. She is a schizophrenic on treatment with chlorpromazine for the past 10 years. The intensity of the voice decreases but persists. She is to be treated with:
Clozapine is effective in management of treatment- resistant schizophrenia.
43. Kalloo, a 24-year-old occasional alcoholic shows a change in behaviors. He suspects that people are conspiring in behaviors; he suspects that people are aspiring against him though his father states that there is no reason for his fears. He also gets hallucinations of voice commenting on his actions. What is the most probable diagnosis?
A. Delirium tremens
B. Alcohol-induced psychosis
D. Delusional disorder
In this case as patients have voices commenting on his actions, he is likely to have schizophrenia.
44. A schizophrenic patient is on antipsychotic, after a few days, he is not sleeping, not eating properly, not taking any interest in his surroundings. This indicates the possibility of all of the following except:
A. Emergence of negative symptoms
B. Major depression
C. Parkinsonian features
D. Reacting to demands of external environment
45. Lalloo, a 40-year-old, has recently started writing book. The matter in his book cannot be understood by anybody since it contains words which are not there in any dictionary and the theme is very disjointed, Nowadays he has become very shy and self-absorbed when he addresses people he speaks about metaphysical ideas what is the weekly diagnosis:
C. A genius writer
D. Delusional disorder
In this case patient seems to have formal thought disorder which is suggestive of schizophrenia.
46. Kalloo, a 25 -year-old male living alone, starts suspecting that his neighbors are conspiring, against him. He lodges a complaint against them in the police station, which he is unable to prove. He also has auditory hallucinations. The symptoms have been present for the past 2 years. The diagnosis is:
D. Acute psychosis
In this case delusion of persecution and auditory hallucinations have been present for 2 years, the diagnosis is likely to be schizophrenia.
47. 76-year-old TM Naidu presents with persecutory delusions third person hallucinations and disorganized behaviour since one month. His tendon reflexes are brisk and pupils normal, while his mini mental score is 20/30 and his memory is impressed. The diagnosis is:
C. Transient global amnesia
In view of to fulfilling 1 month criteria also presence of persecutory delusions disorganized behaviour and third person hallucinations the diagnosis is. schizophrenia.
48. The most accepted hypothesis explaining the biological basis for schizophrenia is:
A. The transmethylation hypothesis
B. The double bind hypothesis
C. The serologic hypothesis
D. The dopamine hypothesis
E. The endogenous opiate hypothesis
49. A person for the past 10 months has not been taking care of himself, laughs by himself, and talks about spiritualistic ideas alone in the room. The most likely diagnosis is:
B. Highly spiritualistic person
1.B 2.A 3.D 4.C 5.B 6.A 4.D .B 9.D 10.B 11.C 12.D 13.C 14.A 15.D 16.D 17.A 18.B 19.B 20.C 21.A 22.D 23.B 24.D 25.C 26.D 27.B 28.B 29.A 30.C 31.B 32.C 33.D 34.C 35.D 36.C 37.B 38.B 39.A 40.B 41.A 42.A 43.C 44.D 45.B 46.A 47.B 48.D 49.A