Psychiatric Medication Basic Quiz!

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A psychiatrist is tasked with diagnosing mental illness in a patient. For most cases, they usually prescribe medication and therapy and medication varies with what a client is suffering from. These medications help in relieving and disabling serious psychiatric disorders or symptoms. This quiz has been created to test your basic knowledge about psychiatric medications and disorders. So, give it a try and see how knowledgeable you are.


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