Mental Health Trivia Snap Quiz
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False: Mental illnesses are surprisingly common; they affect almost every family in America. Mental illnesses do not discriminate - they can affect anyone.
False: Mental health problems affect one in four people in any one year. So, even if you don't have a mental health problem, it's likely your best friend, family member or work colleague will be affected.
False: The two are distinct disorders. A mental retardation or developmental disability diagnosis is characterized by limitations in intellectual functioning and difficulties with certain daily living skills. In contrast, people with mental illnesses-health conditions that cause changes in a person's thinking, mood, and behavior-have varied intellectual functioning, just like the general population.
False: In reality, the vast majority of people who have mental health needs are no more violent than anyone else. You probably know someone with a mental illness and don't even realize it.
False: You can do a lot, starting with the way you act and how you speak!! You can nurture an environment that builds on people's strengths and promotes good mental health. For example: avoid labeling people with words like "crazy", "wacko", "loony" or by their diagnosis, learn the facts about mental health and share them with others, treat people with mental illnesses with respect and dignity. If someone you know is experiencing a mental health problem, just staying in touch can really help.
False: With one in four people affected by mental health problems, you probably work with someone with a mental health problem.
False: Mental illnesses are a product of the interaction of biological, psychological, and social factors. Research has shown genetic and biological factors are associated with schizophrenia, depression, and alcoholism. Social influences, such as loss of a loved one or a job, can also contribute to the development of various disorders.
False: A report from the President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health showed that in any given year 5-9 percent of children experience serious emotional disturbances. Just like adult mental illness, these are clinically diagnosable health conditions that are a product of the interaction of biological, psychological, social, and sometimes even genetic factors.
False: People who are thinking about suicide usually find some way of communicating their pain to others -- often by speaking indirectly about their intentions. Most suicidal people will admit to their feelings if questioned directly.
False: There are more treatments, strategies, and community supports than ever before, and even more are on the horizon. Many people can and do recover completely from mental health problems. People with mental illness lead active, productive lives!!