Depressed patients taking highly effective and popular SSRIs such as Prozac or Paxil show the following change after a period of drug treatment:…

Depressed patients taking highly effective and popular SSRIs such as Prozac or

Paxil show the following change after a period of drug treatment:

Select one:

a. immediate reduction cortisol levels but no significant clinical improvement

b. immediate significant clinical improvement but gradual change in cortisol

levels (wrong)

c. gradual reduction in cortisol levels coinciding with significant clinical


d. immediate and significant clinical improvement (i.e., the patient reports

feeling better)

e. immediate reduction in cortisol and CRH levels

For treating the symptoms of the following disorders, which would you predict the

SSRIs would be the least efficacious?

Select one:

a. Obsessive-compulsive disorder

b. Schizophrenia

c. Major depression (wrong)

d. Generalized Anxiety Disorder

In OCD, the repetitive behaviors are called ______________, whereas the recurrent

thoughts are called ______________.

Select one:

a. Compulsions; obsession

b. Obsession; compulsions

c. Rituals; intrusive cognitions (wrong)

d. Intrusive cognitions; rituals

Neuroleptic (antipsychotic) drugs, like the ones used to treat schizophrenia are …

Select one:

a. GABA inhibitors

b. dopamine agonists (wrong)

c. dopamine reuptake inhibitors

d. dopamine antagonists

e. monoamine oxidase inhibitors

The impulsivity displayed in a subset of cases of suicide has been associated with…

Select one:

a. high norepinephrine

b. high dopamine (wrong)

c. low dopamine

d. low serotonin

e. high serotonin

The type of mood disorder that results from a clear antecedent event is called:

Select one:

a. reactive depression

b. bi-polar depression (wrong)

c. endogenous depression

d. exogenous depression

e. melancholia

Typical age of onset for schizophrenia (as typically diagnosed) is…

Select one:

a. middle adulthood

b. preteens

c. early adulthood

d. adolescence (wrong)

e. senescence

Which of the following is most commonly co-morbid with Major Depression?

Select one:

a. opiate abuse

b. alcohol abuse

c. antidepressant abuse (wrong)

d. sedative abuse

e. cocaine abuse

Which of the following is NOT a component of obsessive-compulsive disorder?

Select one:

a. amelioration of symptoms by SSRIs

b. recurrent and intrusive thoughts concerning safety and order

c. the compulsions provide a source of pleasure

d. stereotyped rituals that are recognized as repugnant and useless (wrong)

e. the dysregulation of the connectivity between the frontal cortex and the

limbic system

Which of the following is NOT a diagnostic criterion for a developmental disorder:

Select one:

a. results in substantial functional limitations in three or more of areas of major

life activity

b. manifests before the individual reaches the age of 18

c. involves a failure to meet expected milestones in one or more areas of


d. is attributable to a mental or physical impairment

e. is likely to continue indefinitely (wrong)

Which of the following is NOT an effect of high dose psychostimulant use?

Select one:

a. stereotypy

b. hallucinations (wrong)

c. schizophrenia

d. psychosis

e. anxiety

Which of the following treatments is not associated with normalizing the neural and

endocrine abnormalities commonly observed with Major Depression?

Select one:

a. SSRIs

b. Psychotherapy with medication

c. Electroconvulsive therapy (wrong)

d. Benzodiazepines

e. Tricyclics

Which of the following is NOT an anxiety disorder?

Select one:

a. bi-polar disorder

b. obsessive compulsive disorder (wrong)

c. agoraphobia

d. panic disorder

e. phobic disorder

Which one of the following pieces of evidence does NOT support the notion that

schizophrenia is a neurologically based disorder that can be identified at ages before

typical age of onset.

Select one:

a. social withdrawal and inappropriate affect in adolescence

b. oppositional defiance tendencies in adolescence

c. abnormal hand posturing in infancy (wrong)

d. psychomotor developmental delays

e. being viewed by others as “odd” in childhood

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