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Topic Proposal and Problem Statement
Student’s name
West Coast University – Los Angeles
CAPS 401 General Education Capstone
Professor Hasmik Agadjanian
Date
The topic I would like to research is major depressive disorder, also referred to as clinical depression. Major depressive disorder, or MDD, is characterized as intense feelings of sadness for extended periods of time (Kerr, 2020). Your doctor can make this diagnosis based on your symptoms, feelings, and behaviors using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). I am interested in researching this topic because I have personally struggled with clinical depression in the past and believe that many people are uninformed on how mental illness affects people. This topic is very much so relevant due to being in a pandemic. Everything was shut down and there are many things currently still closed, forcing people to stay at home, work from home, and even do school at home through a computer. Everyone has been pretty much isolated in their homes and that isolation does not sit well with everyone. It has ultimately led to many people becoming depressed.
The purpose of my resaerch is to explore the stigma around mental illness, explain the disorder, and why people do not seek help. I intend to evoke change by explaining that depression is not something to be taken lightly and to not normalize the symptoms of it and judge others for seeking help. Also, I can briefly discuss treatment options for those who would like to seek help. I do believe that this goal is realistic and doable through research and analyzation in my essay.
A problem related to my topic is the stigma surrounding mental illness which contributes to people being afraid to speak up and seek help. Untreated mental illness can affect various aspects of your life. Therefore I believe it is undeniably important to educate others and raise more awareness about how to support those struggling with mental illness. Normalizing mental illness and making treatment more accessible would help people struggling to feel more comfortable to get help.
Reference:
Kerr, M. (2020, September 24). Major depressive disorder. Retrieved April 12, 2021, from https://www.healthline.com/health/clinical-depression