Psychiatric Medication Basics

14 Questions
Psychiatric Nursing Quizzes & Trivia

Basic knowledge related to psychiatric medications.

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    According to the National Institute of Health, approximately what percent of people with a mental illness improve or recover with treatment?
    • A. 

      60

    • B. 

      Less than 50

    • C. 

      99

    • D. 

      90

  • 2. 
    Psychiatric medications work by altering the way the brain produces, stores and releases _____________________.
    • A. 

      Hormones

    • B. 

      Neurotransmitters

    • C. 

      Blood Components

    • D. 

      Neurostimulators

  • 3. 
    Which of the following is NOT a class of antidepressant?
    • A. 

      Heterocyclics

    • B. 

      Neuroleptics

    • C. 

      Serotonin Specific Agents

    • D. 

      MAO Inhibitors

  • 4. 
    Amitriptyline, amoxapine, doxepin, and nortripyline are examples of what class of medications?
    • A. 

      Heterocyclics

    • B. 

      Neuroleptics

    • C. 

      Serotonin Specific Agents

    • D. 

      MAO Inhibitors

  • 5. 
    A person newly begun on despiramine reports experiencing dry mouth, constipation and a feeling of lightheadedness when standing. Which is most true?
    • A. 

      These are probably a symptom of his or her disorder, not the medication.

    • B. 

      These side affects can be lessened with practice steps, such as sipping water, increasing dietary fiber, and moving more slowly when standing.

    • C. 

      These are dangerous side effects that indicate a more serious problem. The medication should be stopped immediately.

    • D. 

      The positive effects should be felt within a couple days and the negative side effects should disappear.

  • 6. 
    People taking an MAO Inhibitor should avoid:
    • A. 

      Loud noise, bright lights, social activities

    • B. 

      Citrus fruit, hot peppers, spices

    • C. 

      Over exertion, sexual activity, heavy lifting

    • D. 

      Coffee, cheese, beans and chocolate

  • 7. 
    Fluoxetine and sertaline are what type of medication?
    • A. 

      Serotonin-Specific Agents

    • B. 

      Heterocyclics

    • C. 

      MAO Inhibitors

    • D. 

      Neuroleptics

  • 8. 
    Scientific data indicates a relationship between suicide and taking Prozac.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 9. 
    The medication of first choice for bipolar illness is lithium.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 10. 
    Obsessive Compulsive disorders are anxiety disorders and respond best to ________________.
    • A. 

      Antianxiety medications

    • B. 

      Antidepressant Medications

    • C. 

      Antipsychotic medications

    • D. 

      Anticonvulsant medications

  • 11. 
    Benzodiazipines generally have a low potential for dependency.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 12. 
    Psychosis can be a symptom of which of these?
    • A. 

      Schizophrenia

    • B. 

      Physical illness or injury, such as a tumor

    • C. 

      Substance abuse

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 13. 
    Effective treatment planning requires providers to choose between either antipsychotic medications or psychotherapy.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 14. 
    There are no significant risks of not using antipsychiatric medicaions.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False