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Clinical Psychopharmacology Made
Ridiculously Simple (8th Edition)
Questions from chapter 2
1) The emotional reaction which stems from a relatively minor event is
a) grief
b) anhedonia
c) dysthymia
d) reactive sadness
2) What percent of cases of major depression is accompanied by significant anxiety or agitation?
a) 40%
b) 50%
c) 60%
d) 70%
3) Which is NOT a primary target symptom for anti-depressant medication treatment?
a) initial insomnia
b) fatigue
c) decreased sex drive
d) pronounced anhedonia
4) Regarding antidepressants, the most common mistake made by family physicians is to
a) over medicate
b) undermedicate
c) ignore side-effects
d) ignore drug interactions
5) It generally requires how long for symptoms of depression to begin to improve?
a) 3-5 days
b) 1-2 weeks
c) 2-4 weeks
d) 2-4 months
6) It is important to communicate that symptomatic improvement is usually seen primarily in the
psychological symptoms of depression.
a) True
b) False
7) When they occur with major depression, hypersomnia, significant weight gain, carbohydrate
craving, and extreme fatigue are known as
a) atypical symptoms
b) vegetative symptoms
c) anhedonic symptoms
d) negative symptoms
8) Some women with PMDD may respond to PRN dosing with an anti-depressant only during the
symptomatic time of the month.
a) True
b) False
9) Patient groups which should either not be treated or treated cautiously with tricyclics include all
a) immediate post-myocardial infarction
b) epileptics
c) pregnant women
d) obese men
Questions from chapter 3
10) Medical disorders that may cause mania include all EXCEPT
a) brain tumors
b) influenza
c) hypochondriasis
d) Q fever
11) Concurrent manic and depressive symptoms describes
a) bipolar II
b) hypomania
c) rapid cycling bipolar disorder
d) mania with mixed features
12) Appropriate treatment of bipolar illness prevents subsequent episodes in about how many
a) 1 in 1
b) 1 in 2
c) 1 in 4
d) 1 in 5
13) Which is NOT a major side effect of lithium?
a) diarrhea
b) sedation
c) weight-loss
d) polydypsia
Questions from chapter 4
14) Long term, low level, fairly continuous anxiety describes
a) generalized anxiety disorder
b) stress related anxiety
c) panic disorder
d) social anxiety
15) Common disorders that may cause anxiety include all EXCEPT
a) alcoholism
b) hyperthyroidism
c) premenstrual syndrome
d) diabetes
16) All benzodiazepines are effective in treating acute stress-induced anxiety.
a) True
b) False
17) Key points to communicate to patients with panic disorder include all EXCEPT
a) medication must be taken each day
b) panic disorder is a psychological disorder
c) the medication treats only panic attacks
d) there is strong evidence panic disorder is a biochemical dysfunction
Questions from chapter 5
18) Common diseases and disorders that may cause psychosis include all EXCEPT
a) Addison's disease
b) multiple sclerosis
c) pancreatitis
d) cardiac arrhythmia
19) 19) Which is a common drug that may cause psychosis?
a) antidepressants
b) beta blockers
c) caffeine
d) anti-inflammatory drugs
20) Antipsychotic medications have all of the following side effects EXCEPT
a) sedation
b) agitation
c) anticholinergic affects
d) extrapyramidal effects
21) Which is an atypical antipsychotic?
a) loxapine
b) haloperidol
c) molindone
d) olanzapine
Questions from chapter 6
22) Which is the treatment of choice for obsessive compulsive disorder?
a) low doses of atypical antipsychotics
b) serotonergic antidepressants
c) lithium
d) anxiolytics
23) Which is NOT a medication used to treat ADD?
a) Adderall
b) Concerta
c) Strattera
d) Xanax
24) Psychiatric disorders which present with symptoms of aggression include all EXCEPT
a) dementias
b) anxiety
d) depression
25) Bulimia is often responsive to treatment with
a) antidepressants
b) low doses of antipsychotics
c) lithium
d) stimulants
26) The treatment of choice for PTSD is
a) atypical antipsychotics
b) SSRI antidepressants
c) beta blockers
d) psychotherapy
Questions from chapter 7
27) One recent study demonstrated that daily use of _____ tea can effectively treat generalized
anxiety disorder.
i) Earl Grey hot
ii) Pu ehr
iii) Chamomile
iv) Jasmine
Questions from Appendix B
28) All of the following are foods to avoid when taking MAO inhibitors EXCEPT
i) herring
ii) peanut butter
iii) Spam
iv) canned figs