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Mental Health Medications Update 2012

Medications to Treat Schizophrenia

1. In the 1990s a group of antipsychotic medications was developed to treat schizophrenia that is known as "atypical" antipsychotics.

A. True

B. False


2. Which of the following side effects related to physical movement is not caused by "typical" antipsychotic medications?

A. Rigidity

B. Persistent muscle spasms

C. Hair loss

D. Tremors and restlessness


3. Long term use of "typical" antipsychotic medications can lead to:

A. Severe memory loss

B. Major weight gain

C. Tardive dyskinesia (TD)

D. None of the above


Medications Used to Treat Depression

4. Which of the following is not a category of antidepressant medications discussed in this paper?

A. SSRIs

B. SNRIs

C. NIMHs

D. MAOIs (tricyclics andtetracyclics)


5. Which of the following statements is not true?

A. Once a person starts taking an antidepressant medication it is important not to stop taking them without the help of a doctor.

B. It can take three or four weeks until an antidepressant medicine takes effect.

C. People can become physically addicted to antidepressant medications.


6. Which of the following statements is not true of antidepressant medications?

A. SSRIs and SNRIs are popular because they do not cause as many side effects as older classes of antidepressants.

B. One common side effects associated with SSRIs and SNRIs nausea (feeling sick to your stomach), which usually goes away within a few days.

C. Foods and medicines that contain high levels of a chemical called tyramine are dangerous for people taking SSRIs and SNRIs.


Medications Used to Treat Bipolar Disorder

7. Medications that are used to treat of bipolar disorder include:

A. Mood stabilizers

B. Atypical antipsychotics along with mood stabilizers

C. Antidepressants along with mood stabilizers

D. A and C

E. A, B and C


8. There is a long list of side effects of lithium, the most common mood stabilizer used to treat bipolar disorder. Not included among lithium's side effects is:

A. Anorexia

B. Loss of coordination

C. Excessive thirst

D. Blackouts

E. Seizures


9. There is no cure for bipolar disorder, but treatment works for many people.

A. True

B. False


Medications Used to Treat Anxiety Disorders

10. Anxiety disorders are most commonly treated with:

A. Antidepressants

B. Anti-anxiety medications

C. Beta blockers

D. A and C above

E. A, B and C above


11. An anxiety disorder not discussed in this paper is: 

A. Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)

B. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

C. Arachnophobia

D. Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)

E. Panic disorder


12. Beta-blockers are commonly used to control some of the physical symptoms of anxiety, such as trembling and sweating.

A. True

B. False


Medications Used to Treat ADHD

13. Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is commonly treated with antidepressant medications.

A. True

B. False


Which Groups Have Special Needs?

14. Which of the following is not a group this paper identifies as having special needs to be aware of when taking psychiatric medications?

A. Children and adolescents

B. People with a history of addiction to medications

C. Women who are pregnant or may become pregnant

D. Older adults


15. Which of the following statements is not true according to this paper?

A. Research has shown that antidepressants, especially SSRIs, are safe during pregnancy.

B. Birth defects or other problems are possible, but they are very rare.

C. Babies exposed to antidepressant medications may be born with postpartum depression.

D. Studies have also found that fetuses exposed to SSRIs during the third trimester may be born with “withdrawal” symptoms.


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