Psychiatry Quiz #23: Pharmacotherapy for Psychiatric Illness

1. A 30-year-old woman is diagnosed with major depressive disorder after presenting with a 6-month history of persistent sadness, lack of interest in activities, significant weight loss, and insomnia. She has no history of psychiatric illness and does not use alcohol or drugs. Which of the following is the most appropriate first-line pharmacotherapy for this patient? 

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2. A 25-year-old man with a history of schizophrenia is stable on medication but complains of restlessness and an inability to sit still since starting his new medication a month ago. He is most likely experiencing which of the following side effects?

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3. A 45-year-old woman with bipolar disorder is being treated with lithium. Which of the following laboratory tests is most important to monitor regularly in this patient to prevent a potential complication of therapy? 

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4. A 22-year-old college student diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is not interested in psychotherapy and requests medication. Which of the following is the most appropriate first-line medication to prescribe for this patient? 

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5. A 35-year-old man with a diagnosis of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is being treated with sertraline but has shown only minimal improvement after 12 weeks. Which of the following is the most appropriate next step in managing this patient's pharmacotherapy? 

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