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Max Wallis Professor Padgett ENG 1102-016 Oct-29-13

Annotated Bibliography Topic: Is depression becoming more common today? Proposed thesis: What is causing depression to become more common today?
Comment [AP1]: A thesis cant be a question it needs to be a declarative statement. Asking questions is a great way to find your thesis, but the answer to a questions can then be the thesis, not the question itself.

Sargent, Marilyn. Plain Talk About-- Depression. Rockville, Md.?: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health, 1994. Print. This book provides a great jumping off point for learning about depression. The author discusses many aspects of depression including the types of depression, the causes, and the symptoms. The author also includes information on the side affects of depression and the wide array of possible treatments. This source was extremely useful in familiarizing me with a disease I previously knew very little about. It provided a well-rounded and introductory level description of depression. This source was the first one that I looked at in detail

Comment [AP2]: Great! Seems like a good resource for the laymen. I would like to see a direct quote in here though.

Sargent, Marilyn. Plain talk about-- depression. Rockville, Md.?: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health, 1994. Print.

This article provides an excellent examination of depression historically. It is focused heavily on the way the disease was interpreted in different historical times. The examination starts post 1700- and continues up to around the 1930s. The author provides great examples from each different time period and illustrates the change over time effectively. This particular article was very helpful in relation to my thesis statement. The historical perceptions on depression provide some explanation as to why depression is seemingly more common in todays society as apposed to those have years passed.

Comment [AP3]: But its a little dated though, right?

Comment [AP4]: How so? Your thesis is a question right now, so I dont actually know what youll be arguing. Is this writers point of view consistent with yours?

Bower, B.. "Depression Rates Rise Over Generations." Science News 142.23 (1992): 391. Print. Although short, this article was quite useful in relation to my topic. It comes from the scientific journal Science Times, and in it the author has lots of useful information regarding the consistent generational depression increase since the early nineteen hundreds. The author comments how modern experts still dont fully understand this consistent increase in cases of depression. The article even explores some of the experts possible theories on the phenomenon. The source concluded with a short description about what is being done to counteract these statistics here in America. Describing a program in Bethesda, Maryland that is attempting to raise awareness on the disease.
Comment [AP5]: For example I need to textual evidence so that I get an idea of what youre talking about, followed my your analysis of that quote. Formatted: Font: Italic

Jelenchick, Lauren . "Facebook Depression? Social Networking Site Use and Depression in Older Adolescents." Journal of Adolescent Health 52.1 (2013): 128-130. Science Direct. Web. 29 Oct. 2013. This article published in the Journal of Adolescent Health was very useful when exploring depression in todays society. The article focuses on the affects of social media
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and the Internet on modern depression. It explores how current generations are the first to experience these negative affects of the Internet age. Depression among this internet generation is particularly relevant to my topic. It provides a particularly strong explanation for increased depression rates.
Comment [AP6]: Dive more in this conversation. How did they come to this conclusion (in brief terms, obviously).

Economou, Marina . "Major depression in the Era of economic crisis: A replication of a crosssectional study across Greece." Journal of Affective Disorders 145.3 (2013): 308-314. Print. This source from the Journal of Affective Disorders was very helpful in relation to my thesis. In my paper one of the topics I hope to look at is what affect economic factors have on depression, and this article discusses this very topic. In the article they discuss the financial crisis in Greece and the affect that this has had on depression rates in the country. The article suggests that these results would be replicated in most other places suffering from an economic crisis.
Comment [AP7]: Okay, so Im still not getting a clear idea of your thesis. It seems like youll be doing a survey of all the causes of depression. I feel like this might be too broad and that maybe you might run the risk of having too broad of a topic. You need to have one specific thesis that argues one specific point. Otherwise your paper may lose the focus that it would need. Formatted: Font: Italic

"An Estimated 1 in 10 U.S. Adults Report Depression." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 31 Mar. 2011. Web. 1 Nov. 2013. <>. I used the Center for Disease Control and Preventions website for researching hard facts. They provide a wide array of statistics related to depression that were useful to me. Also their website is very credible and reliable, because of this it was the go to place for me when checking my facts.

Comment [AP8]: I need a little more analysis here.

Maxwell, It seems like youve got some really good research done and you have interestin g discussions in your annotations about the sources which really demonstrates your thoughtful reflection on the pieces. I would though like to see more use of direct textual evidence and your analysis on those particular quotes. Im still not sure exactly what you will be arguing. It seems, due to the fact that your thesis is a questions, that you will be taking a very broad approach, which doesnt lend itself well to constructing a fully formed and fully realized cogent argument on the topic.