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A broad essay assignment called "Who Are We?" (antidepressant medication, depression)

dropbows90 1 / -  
Sep 23, 2010   #1
I have a paper to write and I have a topic in mind but I'm lost as to where to go with this topic since the assignment words it in a very vague way. Here it is...

Social science is the study of human society and individual relationships in and to society. In other words, who are we and how do we interact wiht one another, either alone or in groups... families, peer groups, countries, etc.

For this assignment, create an essay that explores that question - Who Are We? - and makes an argument supporting a position. This is not a reflective essay, despite the question - this is meant to explore the question in a larger context.

Then it goes on to say that there are a number of fields (political science, economics, sociology, psychology) that this question could apply to.

The example for psychology is "Who are we, as patients or participants in our medical communities? Perhaps you believe that the rates of autism are inflated due to the expansion of the autism spectrum. You might examine the role of the medical industry in the expansion of those measuring tools."

My topic is antidepressant medication, depression, and the pharmaceutical industry. Maybe something along the lines of how far the industry is going to push their product and if its ethical or not. Or maybe how the depression spectrum is being increased so that more people are diagnosed with depression? I don't know what argument to make or how this applies to "who are we?" I need some help.


andykaufman 1 / 2  
Sep 23, 2010   #2
You don't need to make an argument for either side just yet. You can start by giving information about depression and the pharmaceuticals that are being used to treat it. Do some research. Inform readers. Then develop your personal opinions and back them up with valid points. It's an interesting topic. You can also tie it to a larger scale. Thousands of people are diagnosed with the wrong mental illnesses because there are no concrete symptoms in psychology. How do we define ourselves? Do we rely too heavily on these "definitions", and therefore become them? Just food for thought. I hope I helped. Good luck!
EF_Kevin 8 / 13,335 129  
Sep 26, 2010   #3
"Who are we, as patients or participants in our medical communities?--- for this, you would write a report about current truths in the industry, but instead of writing in the third person perspective you would write it from your own perspective as a member of the group "Patients and participants in the med community."

Similarly, you will write:

As producers and consumers of depression medication, we are people concerned with chemicals...

You have to take inspiration from this cool approach, and write a great essay with a unique POV.

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