Mental Illness Trivia Quiz

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Mental Illness Trivia Quiz - Quiz

What do you know about mental illness? We have brought you this mental illness trivia quiz. Mental illness is a big concern, especially in today's world. Many people have been victims of mental illness. This quiz is designed to test your knowledge of the mental illness. There is only one right answer for each question. Please answer based on your existing knowledge of mental illness without the use of other resources.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Who is most likely to get a mental disease?

    • A.

      Uneducated people

    • B.

      People who do overtime

    • C.

      Anyone

    • D.

      None

    Correct Answer
    C. Anyone
    Explanation
    Mental diseases can affect anyone, regardless of their level of education or work habits. Mental illnesses do not discriminate and can be caused by a variety of factors such as genetics, trauma, stress, or chemical imbalances in the brain. Therefore, it is incorrect to assume that only uneducated people or those who do overtime are more likely to develop a mental disease.

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  • 2. 

    Violence is often associated with mental illness.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement that violence is often associated with mental illness is false. While it is true that some individuals with mental illnesses may exhibit violent behavior, research shows that the majority of people with mental illnesses are not violent. In fact, individuals with mental illnesses are more likely to be victims of violence rather than perpetrators. It is important to challenge the stigma and stereotypes surrounding mental illness and recognize that violence is not a defining characteristic of mental illness.

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  • 3. 

    Panic attacks and phobias are collectively known as:

    • A.

      Pan-phobic disorders

    • B.

      Fear-based conditions

    • C.

      Stress disorders

    • D.

      Anxiety disorders

    Correct Answer
    D. Anxiety disorders
    Explanation
    The correct answer is anxiety disorders. Panic attacks and phobias are both types of anxiety disorders. Panic attacks are sudden episodes of intense fear and physical symptoms such as rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath, and dizziness. Phobias are irrational and excessive fears of specific objects or situations. Both panic attacks and phobias are characterized by feelings of anxiety and can significantly impact a person's daily life. Therefore, the term "anxiety disorders" is the most appropriate and accurate way to describe panic attacks and phobias collectively.

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  • 4. 

    What does SAD stand for?

    • A.

      Simple Anxiety Defect

    • B.

      Seasonal Affective Disorder

    • C.

      Both

    • D.

      None

    Correct Answer
    B. Seasonal Affective Disorder
    Explanation
    Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that occurs at certain times of the year, usually during the winter months when there is less sunlight. It is characterized by symptoms such as low mood, lack of energy, and changes in sleep and appetite. The term "Simple Anxiety Defect" does not exist and is not a recognized medical condition. Therefore, the correct answer is "Seasonal Affective Disorder."

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  • 5. 

    Anorexia nervosa and bulimia are mental illnesses.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Anorexia nervosa and bulimia are indeed mental illnesses. They are both eating disorders characterized by abnormal eating behaviors and distorted body image. Anorexia nervosa involves severe restriction of food intake, leading to extreme weight loss, while bulimia involves episodes of binge eating followed by purging behaviors such as vomiting or excessive exercise. Both disorders have significant psychological and emotional factors, and require comprehensive treatment approaches that address the underlying mental health issues.

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  • 6. 

    Eating disorders are not dangerous.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Eating disorders are indeed dangerous. They are serious mental illnesses that can have severe physical and psychological consequences. They can lead to malnutrition, organ damage, heart problems, and even death. Additionally, eating disorders often coexist with other mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety. Seeking professional help and treatment is crucial for individuals struggling with eating disorders.

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  • 7. 

    There is very limited treatment for mental illness.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement "There is very limited treatment for mental illness" is incorrect. In reality, there are various treatment options available for mental illnesses, including therapy, medication, support groups, and lifestyle changes. These treatments can help individuals manage their symptoms, improve their well-being, and lead fulfilling lives. Therefore, the correct answer is False, as there are indeed treatment options available for mental illnesses.

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  • 8. 

    You should never mention suicide to a depressed person.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    It is important to mention suicide to a depressed person. By discussing suicide openly and compassionately, it allows the person to express their feelings and thoughts, and it opens up an opportunity to provide support and help. Ignoring or avoiding the topic may make the person feel isolated and misunderstood. It is crucial to approach the subject with empathy and encourage them to seek professional help.

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  • 9. 

    The two main types of phobias are:

    • A.

      Agoraphobia and arachnophobia

    • B.

      Social and individual phobia

    • C.

      Agoraphobia and hydrophobia

    • D.

      Specific phobia and social phobia

    Correct Answer
    D. Specific phobia and social phobia
    Explanation
    The correct answer is specific phobia and social phobia. Specific phobia refers to an intense fear or anxiety related to a specific object or situation, such as fear of heights or spiders. Social phobia, on the other hand, involves a fear of social situations and being judged or embarrassed by others. Both types of phobias can significantly impact a person's daily life and functioning, causing distress and avoidance behaviors.

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  • 10. 

    Social phobia is:

    • A.

      An excessive fear of social or performance situations

    • B.

      A resistance to gatherings of more than 5 people

    • C.

      A dislike of hosting social get-togethers

    • D.

      None of these

    Correct Answer
    A. An excessive fear of social or performance situations
    Explanation
    Social phobia is an excessive fear of social or performance situations. This means that individuals with social phobia experience intense anxiety and fear when faced with situations where they may be observed or evaluated by others. This fear can significantly impact their daily lives, causing them to avoid social interactions and potentially leading to isolation. It is important to note that social phobia is not simply a dislike of hosting social get-togethers or a resistance to gatherings of more than 5 people.

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  • 11. 

    Agoraphobia is:

    • A.

      Fear of the supermarket

    • B.

      Fear of the outdoors

    • C.

      Fear of being in places or situations which would be difficult to escape from

    • D.

      Fear of snakes

    Correct Answer
    C. Fear of being in places or situations which would be difficult to escape from
    Explanation
    Agoraphobia is a type of anxiety disorder characterized by the fear of being in places or situations from which escape might be difficult or embarrassing. People with agoraphobia often avoid crowded places, open spaces, public transportation, or any situation that may trigger feelings of panic or anxiety. This fear is not specifically related to supermarkets, outdoors, or snakes, but rather focuses on the fear of being trapped or unable to escape in certain situations.

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  • 12. 

    "Manic" depression is also known as:

    • A.

      The highs and lows

    • B.

      Bipolar affective disorder

    • C.

      The blues

    • D.

      The reds

    Correct Answer
    B. Bipolar affective disorder
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Bipolar affective disorder". Manic depression is another term for bipolar affective disorder, which is a mental health condition characterized by extreme mood swings, including periods of mania (highs) and depression (lows). The term "manic" refers to the manic episodes experienced by individuals with bipolar disorder, while "depression" refers to the depressive episodes. Therefore, "Bipolar affective disorder" is the appropriate term to describe this condition.

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Jennifer DeSetto |MSN- Mental Health |
Mental Health Expert
Jennifer is an ANCC board-certified PMHNP with a decade of experience in mental health. She excels in medication management and evidence-based practices, having worked in private practice, community mental health centers, and inpatient settings. Jennifer earned her MSN in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing from Molloy University and holds a certification as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Her expertise enriches our quiz review process, ensuring quizzes align with current psychiatric nursing practices and standards.

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