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Psychotic Depression: Test Your Knowledge
by Staff
Psychotic depression is a serious mental health disorder. Do you know how to spot it?

Psychotic depression is a combination of which two mental health disorders?

  • depression and schizophrenia
  • depression and psychosis
  • bipolar disorder and psychosis

Psychosis leads to violence how often?

  • all the time
  • some of the time
  • rarely

What percentage of people with major depression also have psychosis?

  • 15 percent
  • 25 percent
  • 40 percent

Approximately what percentage of depressed people admitted to hospitals also have psychosis?

  • 5 percent
  • 25 percent
  • 50 percent

What clinical procedure can help doctors better determine the severity of psychosis?

  • brain imaging
  • blood test
  • urine test

What number should a person call if he or she is feeling suicidal?

  • 911
  • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-TALK)
  • either

What are the two primary symptoms that differentiate psychotic depression from typical depression?

  • anxiety and insomnia
  • hallucinations and delusions
  • hyperactivity and overeating

Which of the following conditions can also cause psychosis?

  • post-partum depression
  • substance abuse
  • allergic reactions

What other symptoms can someone with psychotic depression experience?

  • symptoms of depression
  • flu-like symptoms
  • no other symptoms

The primary cause of depression is what?

  • faulty neurotransmitters
  • difficult life events
  • the cause has not been identified

Which of the following is NOT a symptom of clinical depression?

  • fatigue
  • chronic pain
  • poor vision

What is a symptom that psychotic depressives are at a higher risk of experiencing than other people with depression?

  • suicide
  • insomnia
  • appetite changes

What is one of the main risk factors for developing psychotic depression?

  • anxiety disorder
  • family history of psychotic depression
  • chronic headaches

Which of the following is NOT a risk factor for clinical depression?

  • being a woman
  • being short
  • having an illness

Approximately how many people experience clinical depression each year?

  • 4 million
  • 9 million
  • 16 million

What drugs are usually prescribed for people with psychotic depression?

  • antidepressants and anti-seizure medications
  • antipsychotics and anti-anxiety medications
  • antidepressants and antipsychotics

Which type of medicine might a psychotic depressive need for only a short amount of time?

  • antipsychotics
  • antidepressants
  • neither

What is the best setting for a patient to be treated for psychotic depression?

  • home
  • hospital
  • a doctor's office

If medications don't work, what is another treatment that might be used to treat psychotic depression?

  • vitamins
  • talk therapy
  • electroconvulsive therapy

What is the most likely outcome for someone with psychotic depression?

  • recovery
  • failed treatment
  • a new mental health disorder