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Schizophrenia (Revised)

1. Schizophrenia is a chronic, severe and disabling brain disorder that affects about 3% of Americans.

A. True

B. False

What are the Symptoms of Schizophrenia?

2. Poor executive functioning is an example of a ____________ symptom of schizophrenia.

A. Positive

B. Negative

C. Cognitive

D. None of the above

When Does Schizophrenia Start and Who Gets It?

3. Each of the following is a correct statement about the occurrence of schizophrenia EXCEPT:

A. Schizophrenia affects men and women equally and occurs at similar rates in all ethnic groups around the world

B. Symptoms such as hallucinations and delusions usually start between ages 16 and 30

C. A combination of factors can predict schizophrenia in up to 80 percent of youth who are at high risk of developing the illness

D. Most of the time, people do not get schizophrenia after age 35

What About Substance Abuse?

4. Research has found increasing evidence of a link between marijuana and schizophrenia symptoms.

A. True

B. False

What Causes Schizophrenia?

5. Scientists think that an imbalance in the complex, interrelated chemical reactions of the brain involving the neurotransmitters dopamine, ___________ and possibly others, plays a role in schizophrenia.

A. Glutamate

B. Aspartate

C. Somostatin

D. Acetylcholine

6. Although fluphenazine is an effective medication that treats psychotic symptoms, hallucinations, and breaks with reality, it may cause the loss of the white blood cells that help a person fight infection.

A. True

B. False

7. After beginning antipsychotic medication, symptoms such as agitation and hallucinations usually go away within a few days, and within a few weeks delusions usually disappear.

A. True

B. False

Psychosocial Treatments

8. Rehabilitation programs to help schizophrenics function better in the community provide job counseling and training, money management, and:

A. Relationship building techiques

B. Opportunities to practice communication skills

C. Self care techniques

D. Practical coping mechanisms

Treatment at the Hospital

9. For a person to be admitted involuntarily, the law states that the professional must witness psychotic behavior and hear the person voice delusional thoughts.

A. True

B. False

How Can You Help a Person With Schizophrenia?

10. Friends and family members are advised to go along with a schizophrenic's delusions while helping the person to stay calm and free from danger.

A. True

B. False

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