Psychiatric Medication Basic Quiz!

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Psychiatric Medication Basic Quiz! - Quiz

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

    Correct Answer
    D. 90
    Explanation
    According to the National Institute of Health, approximately 90% of people with a mental illness improve or recover with treatment. This suggests that the majority of individuals who seek treatment for a mental illness have a high chance of experiencing improvement or recovery.

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  • 2. 

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

    • A.

      Hormones

    • B.

      Neurotransmitters

    • C.

      Blood Components

    • D.

      Neurostimulators

    Correct Answer
    B. Neurotransmitters
    Explanation
    Psychiatric medications work by altering the way the brain produces, stores, and releases neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers that transmit signals between nerve cells in the brain. By affecting the levels or activity of neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine, psychiatric medications can help regulate mood, emotions, and other mental processes. This can be beneficial in treating various psychiatric disorders such as depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia.

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  • 3. 

    Which of the following is NOT a class of antidepressant?

    • A.

      Heterocyclics

    • B.

      Neuroleptics

    • C.

      Serotonin Specific Agents

    • D.

      MAO Inhibitors

    Correct Answer
    B. Neuroleptics
    Explanation
    Neuroleptics are not a class of antidepressant. Neuroleptics, also known as antipsychotics, are primarily used to treat psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia, while antidepressants are specifically designed to treat depression. While both types of medications can have an impact on mood and mental health, they work in different ways and target different symptoms. Therefore, neuroleptics do not fall under the class of antidepressants.

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  • 4. 

    Amitriptyline, amoxapine, doxepin, and nortripyline are examples of what class of medications?

    • A.

      Heterocyclics

    • B.

      Neuroleptics

    • C.

      Serotonin Specific Agents

    • D.

      MAO Inhibitors

    Correct Answer
    A. Heterocyclics
    Explanation
    Amitriptyline, amoxapine, doxepin, and nortriptyline belong to the class of medications known as heterocyclics. Heterocyclics are a type of antidepressant that work by affecting the levels of certain chemicals in the brain, such as serotonin and norepinephrine. These medications are commonly used to treat depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders.

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  • 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.

    Correct Answer
    B. These side affects can be lessened with practice steps, such as sipping water, increasing dietary fiber, and moving more slowly when standing.
    Explanation
    The given answer suggests that the side effects of dry mouth, constipation, and lightheadedness when standing can be reduced by taking certain measures. These measures include sipping water to alleviate dry mouth, increasing dietary fiber to relieve constipation, and moving more slowly when standing to prevent lightheadedness. This implies that these side effects are common and expected when starting despiramine, and they can be managed with simple lifestyle adjustments rather than indicating a more serious problem or requiring immediate discontinuation of the medication.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    D. Coffee, cheese, beans and chocolate
    Explanation
    Taking an MAO inhibitor medication can lead to a dangerous increase in blood pressure if certain foods, beverages, or medications are consumed. Coffee, cheese, beans, and chocolate contain tyramine, which can interact with MAO inhibitors and cause a sudden and severe increase in blood pressure. Therefore, people taking an MAO inhibitor should avoid consuming these items to prevent any potential complications.

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  • 7. 

    Fluoxetine and sertaline are what type of medication?

    • A.

      Serotonin-Specific Agents

    • B.

      Heterocyclics

    • C.

      MAO Inhibitors

    • D.

      Neuroleptics

    Correct Answer
    A. Serotonin-Specific Agents
    Explanation
    Fluoxetine and sertaline are classified as serotonin-specific agents. These medications work by selectively inhibiting the reuptake of serotonin, a neurotransmitter, in the brain. By increasing the levels of serotonin, they can help regulate mood and alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety. Serotonin-specific agents are commonly used in the treatment of various mental health disorders, including major depressive disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and panic disorder.

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  • 8. 

    Scientific data indicates a relationship between suicide and taking Prozac.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement suggests that there is a scientific data indicating a relationship between suicide and taking Prozac. However, without any specific details or evidence provided, it is not possible to conclude whether the statement is true or false. Therefore, the correct answer is "False" as there is insufficient information to support the claim.

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  • 9. 

    The medication of first choice for bipolar illness is lithium.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Lithium is considered the medication of first choice for bipolar illness due to its effectiveness in stabilizing mood and preventing manic and depressive episodes. It has been widely studied and shown to be effective in reducing the frequency and severity of mood swings in individuals with bipolar disorder. Additionally, lithium is often preferred over other medications due to its long-term safety profile and the ability to monitor blood levels to ensure therapeutic effectiveness. Therefore, the statement "The medication of first choice for bipolar illness is lithium" is true.

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  • 10. 

    Obsessive Compulsive disorders are anxiety disorders and respond best to ________________.

    • A.

      Antianxiety medications

    • B.

      Antidepressant Medications

    • C.

      Antipsychotic medications

    • D.

      Anticonvulsant medications

    Correct Answer
    B. Antidepressant Medications
    Explanation
    Obsessive Compulsive disorders are anxiety disorders that are characterized by intrusive thoughts and repetitive behaviors. Antidepressant medications are commonly used to treat these disorders as they help to regulate the levels of serotonin in the brain, which is believed to play a role in anxiety and mood disorders. These medications can help to reduce the symptoms of OCD and improve overall functioning. While antianxiety medications may provide temporary relief, they are not typically the first-line treatment for OCD. Antipsychotic medications and anticonvulsant medications may be used in some cases, but they are not the primary treatment for OCD.

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  • 11. 

    Benzodiazipines generally have a low potential for dependency.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Benzodiazepines generally have a high potential for dependency.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    Psychosis can be a symptom of various conditions, including schizophrenia, physical illness or injury such as a tumor, and substance abuse. Schizophrenia is a mental disorder characterized by hallucinations, delusions, and disorganized thinking. Physical illnesses or injuries, such as brain tumors, can also lead to psychosis due to the impact on the brain's functioning. Substance abuse, particularly of drugs like methamphetamine or hallucinogens, can induce psychotic symptoms. Therefore, all of the options listed can be associated with psychosis as a symptom.

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  • 13. 

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

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    This statement is false because effective treatment planning does not require providers to choose between only antipsychotic medications or psychotherapy. In reality, a combination of both medication and therapy is often used for the best outcomes in treating mental health conditions. The choice of treatment depends on the individual's specific needs and preferences, as well as the expertise of the provider.

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  • 14. 

    There are no significant risks of not using antipsychiatric medicaions.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement that there are no significant risks of not using antipsychiatric medications is false. Antipsychotic medications are commonly prescribed to manage symptoms of mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Not using these medications can lead to a worsening of symptoms, increased risk of relapse, and potential harm to oneself or others. It is important for individuals with these conditions to work closely with their healthcare providers to determine the most appropriate treatment plan, which may include the use of antipsychotic medications.

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