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Every 2nd Thursday of the month if you frequent my local ‘drinking house’ you may be greeted by the sight of me in the middle of the dance floor microphone in hand. Now I wish this story went on to describe how I would be belting out power ballads with a band behind to adoring fans however it isn’t quite as exciting as that. However, there is some excitement on these nights as I am the local quizmaster! I have done quizzes on a weekly basis over the years for my weekend ‘beer tokens’ however after taking an early retirement from that it’s purely done to raise funds for the local community. Whether it be ‘accessible toilets’ or the ‘Children’s Christmas party’ they have all benefited from the attendees of the quiz and more often than not the return of the prize money to further aid the cause. So I thought it would be a good idea to do a quiz on a subject which is close to many people’s hearts and one where I specialise in the recruitment of staff. Please feel free to contact me for a copy of the answers once you have completed the quiz to see how far your knowledge stretches. If you email I will be more than happy to send you the answers. Alternatively, if you are looking for work in the mental health field you can email myself or one of our team or call us on 01772 208963. So here we go…good luck!

Round 1

1. How many people are affected by mental disorders?
A. One in 5
B. One in 10
C. One in 50
D. One in 100

2. The World Health Organisation predicts that heart disease will be the most common cause of disability worldwide by 2020. What will second it?
A. Cancer
B. Depression
C. Diabetes

3. What percentage of mental health problems and illnesses have their onset during childhood or adolescence?
A. 10%
B. 20%
C. 50%
D. 70%

4. We do not know for sure what causes mental illness, but most studies suggest that a mixture of factors contribute to the onset. Which of the following factors contribute to mental illness?
A. Genes
B. Environment/Experiences
C. Physical Conditions
D. All of the above

5. Schizophrenia is a severe, lifelong brain disease that makes it difficult for a person to communicate with others, respond emotionally, make decisions and think clearly. Which of the following are symptoms of schizophrenia?

A. Delusions
B. Hallucinations
C. Disorganised speech
D. All of the above

6. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health disorders. They can affect children as well as adults. What are the signs and symptoms of an anxiety disorder?

A. Fast breathing
B. Tense muscles
C. Worry
D. All of the above

7. Panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and social phobia disorder are all types of anxiety disorders. How many people are affected by anxiety disorders?

A. One in 5
B. One in 10
C. One in 100
D. One in 1000

8. Depression is very common. When is depression most likely to occur?

A. In childhood
B. In adolescence
C. In older adulthood
D. Depression can occur at any age

9. Chances are you know some who has Schizophrenia. How many Canadians do you think have Schizophrenia?

A. One in 5
B. One in 50
C. One in 100
D. One in 1000

10. People living with mental illness are often subjected to stigma. Stigma is negative attitudes (prejudice) and negative responses (discrimination) that can make a person feel unwanted and shamed (stigmatized). How does stigma affect people with mental illness?

A. Seriously affects the well-being of those who experience it.
B. Affects people while they are ill, while they are in treatment and even when a mental health problem is a distant memory.
C. Stops many people from seeking the treatment they need.
D. All of the above

11. Stigma can cause isolation for those with mental illness. According to a study by the Canadian Medical Association what percentage of people surveyed said they would socialize with a friend who had a serious mental illness?

A. 49%
B. 59%
C. 79%
D. 89%

12. A study by the Canadian Medical Association found that 72% of Canadians were comfortable discussing their family member’s diagnosis of cancer with their friends or co-workers; how many Canadians would be comfortable discussing their family member’s mental illness?

A. 50%
B. 60%
C. 70%
D. 80%

13. How can you help stigma?

A. Speak up about stigma to friends, family and colleagues
B. Be aware of your own attitudes and judgments
C. Support organisations that fight stigma
D. All of these things can help end stigma

Round 2

1. Which of these is a commonly used first line treatment for depression?

A. Citalopram
B. Risperidone
C. Diazepam
D. Pregabalin

2. Which of these is NOT a criteria for diagnosis of bipolar disorder?

A. At least 2 aggressive episode
B. 3 or more symptoms of mania
C. At least 1 weeks duration
D. Marked disturbance of normal functioning

3. What is the most common type of dementia?

A. Lewy Body Dementia
B. Fronto-temporal Dementia
C. Alzheimer’s disease
D. Vascular Dementia

4. In a 70 year old patient who presents with personality change, disinhibition and emotional concern, however has little change to their memory functions, what form of dementia would you suspect?

A. Lewy Body Dementia
B. Fronto-temporal Dementia
C. Alzheimer’s
D. Vascular Dementia

5. In the over 80 year old age group, what is the prevalence of dementia?

A. 25%
B. 35%
C. 15%
D. 20%
6. What is the first line treatment for bipolar disorder?

A. Diazepam
B. Lithium
C. Risperidone
D. Haloperidol

7. Which of these core symptoms are NOT considered one of the 3 typical symptoms of depression?

A. Fatigue
B. Anhedonia
C. Suicidal Thoughts
D. Depressed Mood

8. What is a useful treatment for schizophrenia relapse prevention?

B. Risperidone
C. Lithium
D. Diazepam

9. Which of these are NOT recognised as negative symptoms of schizophrenia?

A. Social Withdrawal
B. Anhedonia
C. Overfamiliarity
D. Loss of motivation

10. Depression often presents as somatic symptoms in people from eastern cultures

A. True
B. False

11. Which of the following is recognised as a core symptom of depression?

A. Increased Libido
B. Anhedonia
C. Improved Concentration
D. High Mood

12. Can people with depressive illness exhibit psychotic symptoms?

A. No
B. Yes

13. Which of these is a common cause of confusion in the elderly?

A. Urinary Tract Infection
C. Werther’s original Overdose
D. Sepsis

I hope you have enjoyed this quiz and will look forward to hearing from you soon!
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