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Mental Illness Myths Quiz
by Staff
How much of what you know about mental health is fact and how much is fiction? Unravel the yarns of mental illness with our mental illness myths quiz.

True or false: Depression is a bad mood or a state of mind, not a medical illness.

  • True
  • False

Mental illness is not as rare as you may think. The number of American adults who will have a psychiatric disorder during their lifetime is:

  • 1 out of 2
  • 1 out of 3
  • 1 out of 4
  • 1 out of 5

Mental illnesses, just like physical illnesses such as diabetes, can be mild, moderate or severe. What percentage of Americans experience mental illness so severe it is chronic and debilitating?

  • 2 percent
  • 6 percent
  • 10 percent
  • 12 percent

Name the age group most likely to die from suicide:

  • children ages 10-14
  • teens ages 15-19
  • adults ages 20-24
  • adults ages 65 and older

Which of the following is NOT currently considered a mental illness by the American Psychiatric Association?

  • Acute Stress Disorder
  • Binge Eating Disorder
  • Intermittent Explosive Disorder
  • Sleepwalking Disorder

True or false: Bad parenting causes mental issues.

  • True
  • False

People with mental illness often also have:

  • mental retardation
  • violent behaviors
  • no chance for recovery
  • a relative with mental illness

True or false: Only women have eating disorders.

  • True
  • False

Drug therapy, behavior therapy and psychotherapy are often used to treat mental illness. Which of the below treatments is NOT used as a complementary therapy?

  • exercise
  • daily structure
  • radiation therapy
  • a healthy diet

True or false: Children don't get depressed; it's just a part of growing up.

  • True
  • False