You’d have heard all about depression by now. Specifically, a major depressive illness. About the treatments for depression. The facts about depression. The link between depression and comedy. About the 2014 study (here’s the science) about comedians and their personality traits which lend themselves to comedy but also have similarities to traits in people with psychosis (fact sheet about psychosis here). That significant life events can play an important role. That depression is not merely sadness. That work and cycling can be coping strategies.
So you should have no difficulties answering these questions. True or False?
- Depression is a mood state which goes well beyond temporarily feeling sad.
- There are two types of depression.
- Feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness are symptoms of depression.
- Chronic stress can lead to depression.
- Mood-regulating hormones are likely to be functioning well for someone who has with depression.
- Family history of depression increases one’s risk of depression.
- Depression is most common among those aged 18 to 40 years.
- St John’s Wort is not a recommended treatment for major depression.
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is effective for treating anxiety but not depression.
- Every 4 in 100 Singapore residents have had depression in their lifetime.
- Medication is the best treatment option if one has mild/moderate depression.
- The risk for depression for women is equally high as it is for men.
- Mindfulness is a technique which is useful in the treatment of depression.
- It’s easy to find out about depression in other languages (e.g., Chinese).
- Depression was featured on the local TV programme Body and Soul in 2011.
- Someone with depression is likely to maintain an interest in sports or hobbies.
Find the answers from these resources: 1) NAMI, 2) ADAA, 3) NIHM, 4) Black Dog Institute (BDI), 5) Harvard Medical, 6) standford.edu, 7) Singapore Mental Health Survey, 8) Medline Plus, 9) RCPsych, 10) Health Xchange, 11) HPB or nice.org.uk, 12) umn.edu 13) BDI Fact Sheet, 14) NIH, 15) XInMSN, 16) Health Xchange.
FInd out the answers at the end of the week!