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Andrew Solomon
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. When is cortisol typically at its highest level?
(a) In the morning.
(b) Late at night.
(c) In the evening.
(d) In the afternoon.

2. What is Solomon too afraid to do while going through his breakdown?
(a) Shower.
(b) Exercise.
(c) Talk on the telephone.
(d) Eat.

3. In the offspring of depressed mothers, earliest childhood depression is found in children as young as what age?
(a) Twenty-six months.
(b) Fourteen months.
(c) One year.
(d) Three months.

4. How does male depression manifest itself many times?
(a) With violence.
(b) With dispair.
(c) With a feeling of increased intelligence.
(d) With a sense of hunger.

5. Who discovered seasonal affective disorder?
(a) Bert Hellinger.
(b) Frank Rusakoff.
(c) Norman Rosenthal.
(d) Claudia Weaver.

Short Answer Questions

1. What talking therapy teaches the patient objectivity?

2. Which drugs can help fight anxiety?

3. Solomon sites a study on what animal that showed the animal went psychotic without their mothers?

4. What does Solomon say is the most important treatment for depression?

5. What plant is used to help with depression?

Short Essay Questions

1. What role do diet and exercise play in treating depression?

2. How does Solomon feel about the prospect of eliminating suffering?

3. What does Solomon believe about the definition of depression listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual used in Psychiatry?

4. How do many people describe depression?

5. How was mental illness viewed in the Middle Ages?

6. Describe Solomon's experience with cocaine.

7. Describe the four groups of suicides.

8. Why is Solomon's stage of half-recovery described in "Breakdowns" the most dangerous?

9. How does ecstasy affect the body?

10. Why would some antidepressants actually increase the likelihood of suicide?

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