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Understanding Mental Illness for All Healthcare Professionals
Integrating Physical and Mental Health Care

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  • Select one answer for each question.
  • Review your selections before submitting the test for grading.
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1. The strongest barrier for individuals with mental illness to seek healthcare is:

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2. Which is a true statement about mental illness?

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3. The concept of mental health is best described along a continuum from:

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4. Which is a correct statement about mental illness among older adults?

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5. Approximately which percentage of people who die by suicide in the United States display symptoms of mental illness?

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6. While the exact cause of mental illness is unknown, one of the most accepted explanations is the:

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7. Which is a correct statement regarding the biological causes of mental illness?

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8. Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a psychiatric disorder that:

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9. Which is an accurate description of depression in children and adolescents?

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10. Depression in older adults may be linked to:

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11. Screening for depression is recommended:

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12. The initial treatment modality for depression is:

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13. Children, adolescents, and young adults who are taking antidepressants should be carefully monitored for:

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14. Effectively responding to persons with depressive symptoms involves:

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15. Which is a true statement concerning bipolar disorder?

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16. Which is a true statement regarding bipolar disorder in children and adolescents?

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17. Which medication used for the treatment of bipolar disorder has a high risk of toxicity?

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18. Which is a psychological intervention for bipolar disorder that focuses on stabilization of daily sleeping, waking, and mealtime cycles?

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19. Clinicians in healthcare settings outside of mental health should suspect bipolar disorder when a patient presents with:

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20. An effective way to respond to a patient with bipolar disorder symptoms or behaviors is to:

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21. Which is a true statement regarding anxiety disorders?

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22. An anxiety disorder in which inappropriate ideas take the form of intrusive and unwanted thoughts, urges, or images is called:

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23. Recognizing an anxiety disorder in older adults can be difficult because they:

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24. Which class of medication for treatment of anxiety disorders should be used with extreme caution in older adult patients?

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25. An effective strategy when responding to a patient experiencing symptoms of an anxiety disorder is to:

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26. Which domain of dysfunction in schizophrenia involves the symptoms of inertia, decrease in emotional range, poverty of speech, and loss of interest and drive?

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27. Which is a true statement about the consequences for patients with psychotic disorders?

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28. Which is a true statement about psychotic disorders in children and adolescents?

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29. One of the most dangerous side effects of antipsychotics that is a medical emergency is:

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30. The psychosocial therapy indicated for patients with schizophrenia that aims to improve quality of life through directed development of basic skills focusing on attention, memory, and executive function is called:

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31. To respond effectively to a patient who is hallucinating voices, the clinician:

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32. When responding to a patient who is having a delusion, the clinician:

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33. Angry reactions to fairly minor provocations, a grandiose self-image, needing admiration, and a lack of empathy are symptoms of which type of personality disorder?

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34. The first-line treatment for patients with borderline personality disorder is:

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35. Which is an effective response when communicating with a patient who has symptoms and behaviors of borderline personality disorder?

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36. The most serious form of withdrawal from alcohol is:

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37. A unique symptom of “club drugs” is that they cause:

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38. Which is a sign or symptom of withdrawal from opioids?

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39. Which is an indicator of possible substance use among children and adolescents?

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40. Which symptom in the older adult may raise suspicion of a problem with substance use?

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41. The most widely used group of drugs used during treatment of alcohol withdrawal are:

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42. Which treatment for substance use disorders can be described as a collaborative, therapeutic conversation that addresses the problem of ambivalence for changes?

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43. When a clinician assesses a patient with a substance use disorder using the “5 As,” the first step is to:

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44. A symptom of binge-eating disorder is:

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45. Which treatment can result in a serious outcome for patients who have been starved because of an eating disorder?


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