Quiz: Who's depressed?
by Staff
Depression can sneak up on you when you least expect it. Test your knowledge of this illness with our depression quiz.

True or False: Twice as many women as men are affected by a depressive disorder each year.

  • true
  • false

True or False: Women are more likely than men to die of suicide.

  • true
  • false

What percentage of women suffering from clinical depression will seek help?

  • more than 80 percent
  • about 70 percent
  • fewer than 50 percent

True or False: Depression is just another word for sadness and emotional downs that can be expected in life.

  • true
  • false

True or False: Depression is incurable. Only the symptoms can be treated.

  • true
  • false

What percentage of new mothers suffer from postpartum depression?

  • 5 to 10 percent
  • 10 to 15 percent
  • 15 to 20 percent

Which age group of women is most likely to be depressed?

  • 18 to 24
  • 25 to 44
  • 45 to 60

How long do symptoms typically last in patients diagnosed with chronic depression?

  • two or more years
  • six consecutive months
  • through the winter months

How many symptoms need to be present and for how long to be diagnosed with a depressive disorder?

  • at least two depressive symptoms after watching a romantic drama
  • at least five depressive symptoms that last at least two weeks
  • at least one depressive symptom for a week

When depressive symptoms only occur in the wintertime, this is called:

  • Secondary Depression Disorder (SDD)
  • Temporary Social Disorder (TSD)
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) or shock therapy is usually used on what type of patient?

  • suicidal
  • mania
  • both types of patients

Sometimes, psychotherapy is needed to treat depression. Which of the following is NOT a main type of psychotherapy?

  • interpersonal therapy (IPT)
  • grief therapy
  • cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)

Which of the following describes problems that people suffering from catatonic depression encounter?

  • holding awkward poses for extended periods of times
  • mimicking another person’s speech or movements
  • both answers are symptoms of catatonic depression

What percentage of alcoholics credit depression as their reason for drinking?

  • 5 to 10 percent
  • 10 to 20 percent
  • 25 percent

Which of the following is NOT a reason why people who are depressed are more likely to suffer from heart disease?

  • Anti-depressant medication counteracts heart medication.
  • Depressed people tend to smoke and drink alcohol more often and exercise less.
  • Plaque forms in their arteries caused by mental stress.

What other treatment is used when medications and psychotherapy are not effective?

  • electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)
  • acupuncture
  • body psychotherapy

What percent of people diagnosed with depression also suffer from disordered sleep behaviors?

  • 30 percent
  • 80 percent
  • 50 percent

Which is NOT a factor from which depression could result?

  • biochemical
  • genetic
  • diet

Which of the following is NOT another name for major depressive disorder?

  • manic depression
  • unipolar depression
  • clinical depression

What percentage of heart attack victims become depressed after their trauma?

  • 20 percent
  • 50 percent
  • 5 percent