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Depression Jeopardy
submitted by Chloe Mekinc of Fairmount Behavioral Health System on February 6, 2010

Size of Group: 4 to 12 participants

Equipment: white board, dry erase markers, list of depression related jeopardy questions with answers

Objective: Educational game of jeopardy meant to teach mental illness patients about depression. Participants will learn about symptoms, medications, coping skills, causes, and types of depression.

Description:

1. Draw a Jeopardy layout on the whiteboard by writing the categories at the top of the board and the point amounts underneath of them. (Ed note: you can also create a Jeopardy board on a power point and use a projector or large screen TV)
2. Divide participants into teams depending on the total number in the group.
3. Instruct clients to choose a category and the number of points they want to go for.
4. Ask the team a question related to depression and tell them to work together to come up with an answer.
5. If the team is unable to answer the question correctly the next team can steal the question by answering it with the correct answer. This continues until all teams have had a chance to answer the question.
6. If there is a tie between two teams at the end of the game, provide a tie breaker question for both teams to answer.

Sample Questions:

Symptoms:
• 10 – A symptom of depression is a persistently _____ mood. ANSWER: SAD or DEPRESSED or UNHAPPY
• 20 – The symptom of depression in which you want to end you life is known as _______. ANSWER: SUICIDE
• 30 – This symptom occurs when you stop liking your favorite hobby/activity. ANSWER: LACK OF INTEREST/PLEASURE
• 40 – How long do symptoms of suicide have to last in order for a person to be diagnosed? ANSWER: 2 WEEKS

Medications:
• 10 – Give the name of one antidepressant. ANSWERS: PROZAC, ZOLOFT, PAXIL, CELEXA, LEXAPRO, LUVOX, EFFEXOR, CYMBALTA, WELLBUTRIN, REMERON, ELAVIL, LIMBITROL, NORPRAMIN, SINEQUAN, TOFRANIL, PAMELOR, AVENTYL, VIVACTIL, NARDIL, MARPLAN, or PARNATE (may be others)
• 20 – What do antidepressants attempt to fix? ANSWER: THEY TRY TO CORRECT THE IMBALANCES IN NEUROTRANSMITTERS
• 30 – When a person begins medication, what symptoms improve before the depressed mood improves? ANWER: ENERGY LEVELS AND THE ABILITY TO TAKE ACTION (MAKE DECISIONS)
• 40 – How long does it take for antidepressants to start having an effect? ANSWER: 2 TO 4 WEEKS

Causes:
• 10 – A cause of depression is an imbalance in _______. ANSWER: NEUROTRANSMITTERS
• 20 – If these people have a history of depression, you are put at a higher risk for depression. ANSWER: FAMILY MEMBERS
• 30 – Name two major life events that may cause a person to have depression. ANSWERS: DEATH OF A LOVED ONE, MAJOR LOSS OR CHANGE, CHRONIC STRESS, SUBSTANCE ABUSE, VICTIM OFABUSE.
• 40 – Name one of three neurotransmitters involved with depression. ANSWER: NOREPINEPHRINE, SEROTONIN, or DOPAMINE.

Coping Skills:
• 10 – A natural way to get in shape and increase feelings of happiness is ______. ANSWER: EXERCISE
• 20 – Who could you talk to about your feelings of depression? ANSWERS: FAMILY, CLOSE FRIEND, REALTIVE, COUNSELOR, SOCIAL WORKER, DOCTOR, THERAPIST, TEACHER, ETC
• 30 – What are two ways of improving your self-esteem? ANSWER: LEARNING NEW SKILL, NEW INTERESTS/ACTIVITIES, WRITING, SAYING GOOD THINGS ABOUT YOURSELF, ETC.
• 40 – What are benefits of having good coping skills? ANSWER: ABILITY TO DECREASE SYMPTOMS OF DEPRESSION, BETTER MANAGEMENT OF DEPRESSION EMOTIONS, A BETTER MOOD or HIGHER SELF-ESTEEM, ETC.

Types of Depression:
• 10 – This type of depression involves a combination of these symptoms: depressed mood, fatigue, appetite change, poor concentration, guilt and sometimes suicide. ANSWER: MAJOR DEPRESSION or CLINICAL DEPRESSION or MAJOR DEPRESSIVE DISORDER
• 20 – This type of depression has episodes of extreme sadness as well as times of extreme happiness and energy. ANSWER: BIPOLAR DISORDER or BIPOLAR DEPRESSION or MANIC DEPRESSION
• 30 – This type of depression occurs when you have a Major Depressive episode that lasts at least two years. ANSWER: CHRONIC DEPRESSION
• 40 – What is a long term type of depression, which has less severe symptoms? ANSWER: DYSTHYMIA or DYSTHYMIC DISORDER

Tie Breaker Questions:
• How many adults in the United States have depression? ANSWER: 15 million American adults
• What percentage of people diagnosed with depression are treated effectively and return to their usual daily lives? ANSWER: 80% – 90%

 

 

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