Quiz: Who's depressed?

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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.

Depressive disorders are nearly twice as common in women as in men, according to the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIH). In the U.S., 12 percent of women and 6.6 percent of men have a depressive disorder each year.


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

Women attempt to hurt themselves twice as often as men, but men are more likely to die as a result of a suicide attempt.


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

Fewer than 50 percent of the women who experience clinical depression will ever seek care.


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

Although feeling occasionally down is part of life, depression is a feeling of intense sadness out of proportion, long-lasting and sometimes interfering with a person's ability to function.


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

Even severe depression can be highly responsive to treatment, which often involves a combination of medications and psychotherapy. Life's stresses and ups and downs can't be eliminated, but individuals with depression can lead a more enjoyable, manageable life.


What percentage of new mothers suffer from postpartum depression?

While "baby blues," or mood swings, during the first few weeks after delivery occur in about 80 percent of new mothers, true postpartum depression occurs in about 10 to 15 percent of new mothers, according to the National Mental Health Association.


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

Although depression can strike at any age, it occurs most frequently in women age 25 to 44, according to the National Mental Health Association.


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

A patient diagnosed with chronic depression usually has symptoms that last for two years or more.


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

Depression is usually diagnosed if the person experiences at least five depressive symptoms lasting at least two weeks. These could include symptoms like persistent sadness and changes in eating and sleeping patterns.


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

Depression symptoms only occurring during the winter is a sign of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). This is usually diagnosed after three consecutive winters.


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

ECT is usually used in suicidal patients, patients who are resistant to other treatments and those that suffer from depression and mania.


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

The two main types of psychotherapy are cognitive-behavioral therapy and interpersonal therapy.


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

Both of the answers depict symptoms of catatonic depression. Other psychomotor problems include a prolonged immobile state and negativism.


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

Doctors estimated that 10 to 20 percent of alcoholics began drinking to feel better because of depression.


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

Anti-depressant medications do not counteract heart medication. However, depressed people are less likely to take heart medication if they already suffer from heart disease, leading to further complications of the heart.


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

Electroconvulsive Therapy is used when other methods of treatments are not effective. The patient is given a muscle relaxant and anesthesia. Electrodes are attached to the head and electrical impulses are delivered of about 30 seconds, causing a seizure in the brain.


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

Depression keeps you up at night. Nearly 80 percent of depressed people can’t get a full night’s rest. They usually lie awake at night, wake several times throughout the night or rise too early in the morning.


Which is NOT a factor from which depression could result?

Research suggests there are four factors from which depression likely results: genetic, biochemical, psychological and environmental.


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

Major depressive disorder is also called clinical depression and unipolar depression.


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

Fifty percent of heart attack victims experience depressive symptoms after the traumatic event.


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