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Mental Stillness: The Catatonic Depression Quiz
by Staff
Depression is one of the most common mental health problems among adults, but not all types of depression have the same symptoms. Test what you know about catatonic depression.

How many Americans suffer from depression?

  • one out of two
  • two out of five
  • one out of six

Which is not a form of major depression?

  • psychotic
  • melancholic
  • catatonic
  • pathological

True or false: Some people seem to move or speak more slowly when suffering from depression.

  • true
  • false

A rigid posture and the inability to voluntarily move are defining characteristics of what condition?

  • catalepsy
  • narcolepsy
  • epilepsy

What kind of syndrome is catatonia?

  • psychomotor
  • velocardiofacial
  • tourette

Which are also symptoms of catatonia during a depressive episode?

  • waxy flexibility
  • echopraxia
  • echolalia
  • all of the above

True or false: Hallucinations are a defining characteristic of catatonic depression.

  • true
  • false

Which scale do clinicians use to assess catatonic patients?

  • Bush-Francis Catatonia Scale
  • Hamilton Rating Scale
  • Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory

True or false: Catatonia is a primary clinical disorder.

  • true
  • false

Which of the following psychiatric illnesses categorizes catatonia as a possible sub-type?

  • bipolar disorder
  • borderline personality
  • schizophrenia

A catatonic condition may also be a symptom of which type of mental disorder?

  • mood
  • impulse-control
  • tic

Which of the following mood disorders is catatonia associated with?

  • major depression
  • bipolar disorder
  • both

True or false: Specifiers are used to distinguish between forms of depression.

  • true
  • false

What condition is depression associated with?

  • high levels of beta-endorphins in the body
  • low levels of neurochemicals in the brain
  • low levels of histamine in the brain

What therapy is commonly used to treat depressive illnesses?

  • cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • interpersonal therapy
  • antidepressants
  • all of the above

In addition to antidepressants, what type of pharmacotherapy is also used to treat catatonic depression?

  • anticonvulsants
  • antipsychotics
  • antivirals

True or false: Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is used to treat the catatonic form of depression.

  • true
  • false

When was catatonia first recognized?

  • 1774
  • 1874
  • 1974

In the movie "Awakenings," Robert DeNiro plays a character suffering from which form of catatonia?

  • schizophrenia
  • encephalitis lethargica
  • seasonal

Among those who suffer from psychiatric illness, how many also suffer from catatonic symptoms?

  • 1 percent
  • 5 percent
  • 10 percent