Are you depressed or just sad?: The Major Depressive Disorder Quiz
There are a lot of misconceptions regarding sadness and major depressive disorder (MDD). Knowing the differences, causes and treatments can lead to a better quality of life for you or someone you know. So how much do you really understand about the condition?
Everyone experiences this:
major depressive disorder
People with major depressive disorder will:
feel normal again if they get the proper treatment
have no hope
ride a roller coaster of emotions on regular occasions
True or False: There is no difference between sadness and major depressive disorder. Major depressive disorder is just a fancy name.
Researchers believe the percentage of the population dealing with major depressive disorder ranges from:
30 to 50 percent
5 to 20 percent
4 to 6 percent
A simple blood test will reveal whether or not you have major depressive disorder.
If you have major depressive disorder you will experience:
only physical changes
potentially both physical changes and changes in mood
only changes in mood
The duration of the symptoms has no bearing on whether or not you have major depressive disorder.
This is NOT another name for major depressive disorder:
People with major depressive disorder often experience manic periods in which they're extremely confident and energetic and then suddenly sullen and morose.
If you're a woman, the odds of you having major depressive disorder are:
lower than men
the same as men
higher than men
True or False: Major depressive disorder has nothing to do with your character or will power.
What physical condition can lead to major depressive disorder?
a malfunctioning thyroid gland
This type of abuse can lead to major depressive disorder:
drug and alcohol abuse or physical, emotional and sexual abuse
only physical, emotional and sexual abuse
only alcohol and drug abuse
This is NOT a brain chemical associated with major depressive disorder:
methyl tertiary butyl ether
How much research has been done in the field of depression?
a moderate amount
a lot of research
A job loss can make you sad, but it can't lead to major depressive disorder.
This is NOT one of the treatments for major depressive disorder:
electro convulsive therapy
This nerve is stimulated using a battery as part of a treatment for major depressive disorder:
Major depressive disorder will make you sad, but it will never make you angry.
The good thing about major depressive disorder is that you can shake it off if you simply concentrate hard enough.