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Are you depressed or just sad?: The Major Depressive Disorder Quiz
by Staff
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:

  • clinical depression
  • major depressive disorder
  • sadness
  • Bieber Fever

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.

  • TRUE
  • FALSE

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.

  • TRUE
  • FALSE

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.

  • TRUE
  • FALSE

This is NOT another name for major depressive disorder:

  • unipolar depression
  • clinical depression
  • bipolar depression

People with major depressive disorder often experience manic periods in which they're extremely confident and energetic and then suddenly sullen and morose.

  • TRUE
  • FALSE

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.

  • TRUE
  • FALSE

What physical condition can lead to major depressive disorder?

  • swollen tonsils
  • a malfunctioning thyroid gland
  • corns

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:

  • dopamine
  • methyl tertiary butyl ether
  • serotonin

How much research has been done in the field of depression?

  • very little
  • a moderate amount
  • a lot of research

A job loss can make you sad, but it can't lead to major depressive disorder.

  • TRUE
  • FALSE

This is NOT one of the treatments for major depressive disorder:

  • talk therapy
  • stomach pumping
  • electro convulsive therapy

This nerve is stimulated using a battery as part of a treatment for major depressive disorder:

  • Vaves nerve
  • Vegas nerve
  • Vagus nerve

Major depressive disorder will make you sad, but it will never make you angry.

  • TRUE
  • FALSE

The good thing about major depressive disorder is that you can shake it off if you simply concentrate hard enough.

  • TRUE
  • FALSE