Close help

How to use this Learning Station

On this Learning Station, you can read and test your knowledge. Tap on a book to open its chapter list. In each chapter, you can take a quiz to test your knowledge.

To take tests, you must register with your email address or cell number. It is free to register and to take tests.

For help email or call +27 76 657 0353.

Printed books

Learning is easiest with printed books. To order printed books, email or call +27 76 657 0353.

Visit for information.

Test 1: Introduction to maternal mental health

  1. What is mental illness?
    • Feeling distressed
    • A diagnosable condition
    • Irritating behaviour
    • Stressing other people
  2. How common is mental illness during and after pregnancy in South Africa?
    • Less common than in high-income countries
    • All pregnant women suffer from mental illness
    • About one in three pregnant women in South Africa have a mental illness
    • It is very rare for pregnant women in South Africa
  3. Which mental illnesses are known as common mental disorders?
    • Depression and anxiety
    • Schizophrenia and post-traumatic stress disorder
    • Bipolar affective disorder and obsessive–compulsive disorder
    • TB and HIV/AIDS
  4. How can mental illness in the mother affect the baby?
    • It is caused by a virus and so crosses the placental barrier
    • Babies are likely to develop genetic defects
    • Babies are too young to be affected
    • Babies may be delivered prematurely with low birth weight
  5. Which of the following are risk factors for maternal mental illness?
    • Living in a high-income country
    • Smoking
    • Being a teenager
    • Having more than four children
  6. A pregnant woman who learns that she is HIV positive during pregnancy may:
    • Feel guilty or anxious about her baby possibly getting HIV
    • Become depressed and feel it is not worth adhering to the PMTCT protocol
    • Deny her HIV status
    • All of the above
  7. Which of the following has a positive effect on maternal mental health?
    • Supportive family and friends
    • Substance use
    • Previous history of mental illness
    • Unplanned pregnancy
  8. What is the ‘baby blues’?
    • A baby that needs to be given oxygen at birth
    • A male infant
    • Bruising from delivery
    • Temporary mood swings after the birth of the baby
  9. Which of the following could be a symptom of depression?
    • Spending too much money
    • Active sex drive
    • Feeling helpless and worthless
    • Nail biting
  10. Which of the following physical symptoms may be associated with a mental illness?
    • Headaches
    • Disturbed sleep
    • Both headaches and disturbed sleep
    • None of the above
  11. Which of the following could be a symptom of anxiety?
    • Sweating
    • Swearing
    • Spending a lot of money
    • Sleeping all the time
  12. Obsessive–compulsive disorder is suspected when
    • Someone is obsessed with a famous person
    • Someone has unwanted thoughts that are repeated
    • Someone is afraid of strangers
    • Someone has low appetite and sleeps little
  13. What is the cause of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?
    • Being exposed to a virus
    • Coming from a foreign country
    • An unplanned pregnancy
    • A traumatic experience
  14. If a person has post-traumatic stress disorder what behaviour could she display?
    • She may want more attention than other women
    • She may not keep herself clean
    • She may be very frightened and jumpy
    • She may be sleepy all the time
  15. What is tocophobia?
    • Fear of the unknown
    • Fear of childbirth
    • Fear of smoke
    • Fear of hospitals
  16. Psychosis is suspected when:
    • Someone is rude
    • Someone is out of touch with reality
    • Someone feels worthless
    • Someone trembles and has a racing heart
  17. Which of the following could be a symptom of psychosis?
    • Laughing at something sad
    • Crying at something sad
    • Being sad all the time
    • Sleeping all the time
  18. What is substance use disorder?
    • Drinking or taking drugs during pregnancy
    • Drinking or taking drugs because of problems at work
    • Having to take drugs because of high blood pressure
    • Being dependent on drinking or drugs to get through the day
  19. Which of the following statements is true?
    • Women with mental illnesses cannot get better
    • Very few pregnant women in South Africa have mental illnesses
    • Postnatal psychosis is the only mental illness women suffer from around childbirth
    • Mental illness in the mother can have a negative effect for the child
  20. What is co-morbid?
    • When both mother and baby die in childbirth
    • When two symptoms of the same disease are present
    • When two illnesses occur at the same time
    • When either the mother or the baby are ill