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Q:Depression is identified by a sad and/or irritable mood exceeding normal sadness or grief. True or False?
Q:Depression usually results in high libido. True or False?
Q:What is the term for less severe symptoms that precede the more debilitating symptoms?
Q:What percent of adults experience depression?
A:About 10% of adults experience some kind of depressive disorder.
Q:Depression can increase the risks for developing HIV, asthma, and coronary artery disease. True or False?
Q:Panic disorder is a type of depressive disorder. True or False?
Q:What are possible causes of depression?
A:While there is no single direct cause of depression, this illness is thought to be the result of a combination of biological, psychological, and/or social risk factors.
Q:Children of depressed mothers are at higher risk for developing depression. True or False?
Q:Lab tests, blood tests, and X-rays can diagnose mental disorders. True or False?
Q:What treatments are used to manage depression?
A:The most common group of medications used to treat moderate to severe depression is the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor group. This medication increases the activity of serotonin in the brain, which is thought to be low in people with depression. Examples of SSRIs include Prozac (fluoxetine), Zoloft (sertraline), Paxil (paroxetine), Celexa (citalopram), and Lexapro (escitalopram).
Q:Depression in the elderly has a low rate of recovery. True or False?
Q:What are medications that are used to treat depression?
A:Lithobid (lithium), Depakote (valproate), Tegretol (carbamazepine), Neurontin (gabapentin), and Lamictal (lamotrigine) are antiseizure medications that can also address the depression associated with bipolar disorder by stabilizing mood. Specifically, they can even out both manic and depressive symptoms in people with bipolar disorder. In addition to potentially stabilizing mood, antipsychotic medications like Geodon (ziprasidone), Risperdal (risperidone), Seroquel (quetiapine), Abilify (aripiprazole), Invega (paliperidone) and Latuda (lurasidone) can boost the effect of antidepressant medications.
Q:What are some sexual side effects of SSRI antidepressants?
A:SSRIs can potentially decrease the libido, cause genital numbness, delay or prevent ejaculation, inhibit orgasm (produce anorgasmia), or produce a pleasureless orgasm.
Q:After one major depressive episode, a person has a 50% chance of a second episode. True or False?
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