Annotated Bibliography Lori Mears
Ainsworth, Patricia. Understanding Depression. Mississippi: University Press of
In this book, Patricia Ainsworth described the intricacies of depression and how it works. She explained the psychological, biological, and physical aspects of mental disorders such as depression. She explains the causes of depression, which she splits into two major categories: psychological and neurobiological. She describes various types of treatment, how researchers search for a cure, and controversies that surround the medication topic.
Anonymous. Personal interview. 1 Mar. 2006.
This very personal interview a Randolph-Macon student was willing to give to me helped provide a more personal narrative of someone that has gone through depression and survived. It added a spark to my paper that allowed readers to understand the individuals around them suffer from depression, it is not just celebrities or well-known people.
Connor, Kathryn and Davidson, Jonathan. Herbs for the Mind. New York: The
Guildford Press, 2000.
This book gave very detailed information on herbs that can help treat depression, such as St. John's wort. It was very unbiased which I liked very much. It directed the reader's attention to the fact that herbal treatments are extremely helpful but do not always help. They reiterate that people should not depend on antidepressants but should likewise not forget about them, either.
Coyne, James C. Essential Papers on Depression. Ed. New York: New York University
James Coyne provides a collection of journal entries and essays on the topic of depression. Some of the articles provide a background on the history of depression from Freud and other well-known researchers. The discussion on learned helplessness and depression as well as self-control is a key to understanding the fundamentals of depression. There exist behavioral and cognitive approaches to helping solve the puzzles of depression.
Davidson, Jonathan et al. Herbs for the Mind. New York: Guilford Press, 2000.
This book discusses depression and its effect on stress, memory loss, and insomnia. The authors reveal what science tells us about nature's remedies for depression. They talk about St. John's Wort and how it has been used to treat low cases of depression in the past. Kava, Ginkgo and Valerian are also other natural herbs that can treat sleep disorders, stress, memory, and depression. The book reveals other treatment options to the normal medical treatments.
"Ditch the Pills (Antidepressants). New Scientist 187.2509 (2005): p4
This article suggests that people prescribed antidepressants are always going to think they can't deal with problems themselves. One researcher suggests that since we are prescribing more antidepressants, but there's no evidence they make people less depressed. Suicide rates have no stopped entirely and people are not increasingly getting back to work, this article suggests. Most experts, however, disagree. They state that evidence still favors antidepressants for more serve forms.
Ebadi, Manuchair. Pharmacodynamic Basis of Herbal Medicine. Florida: CRC Press
Ebadi writes of the importance on herbal medicine in this collection of various herbal treatments to mental illnesses such as depression. He backs up his arguments with traditional, religious beliefs, for example a quote from Ecclesiastes: "The Lord has created medicines out of the earth and he that is wise will not abhor them." He gives examples of alternative therapies to antidepressants, such as vitamins and diet, antioxidants, various vitamins and plants that can help treat depression. He lists certain foods that are excellent in helping depression, such as rhubarb, saffron, tomatoes and oats.
Frankenberger, William R. et al. "Effects of information on college students' perceptions
of antidepressant medication." Journal of American College Health 53.1 (2004):
This article really opened up my eyes to how college students perceive antidepressants and the topic of depression. Essentially, the point I got out of it was that students on college campuses don't truly understand depression or those that take antidepressants. Likewise, some students immediately suggest antidepressants to a friend that is down, without understanding that there are other treatment methods available, such as therapy or herbal remedies.
Healy, David. Let Them Eat Prozac: The Unhealthy Relationship Between The
Pharmaceutical Industry and Depression. New York: New York University
This book by David Healy gave an honest and truthful examination at the correlation between antidepressants (Prozac) and the rising number of individuals suffering from depression. It also gives a more political aspect to the topic of depression, for instance are drug companies just itching to make money. Essentially, do antidepressants really do anything or are they just a placebo effect on our minds that enable them to make money?
Kasakitis, Amie. Personal interview. 22 Feb. 2006.
This interview was very helpful in bring in professors on this campus and their perceptions of antidepressants. It was more relevant to my paper to study how professors feel on college campuses rather than celebrities such as Tom Cruise.
McGinn, Daniel et al. "Taking Depression On; Mental health." Newsweek Aug. 2004:
McGinn and other authors introduced that nowadays parents don’t just have to worry about stress, homesickness and partying, but they also have to worry about the apparent rise in mental illnesses on college campuses. More than 1,100 college students commit suicide each year, according to estimates by mental-health groups. This article also reiterated the horrible case of the MIT sophomore that set herself on fire because she had tried to seek treatment and felt no one was helping her.
Peterson, Karen S. "Depression among college students rising." USA Today 21 May.
This relevant newspaper article accurately described the fact that depression is rising on college campuses. The author used research and psychologists to back up her point, including relevant quotes such as "mental illness is absolutely going off the charts on college campuses", which basically the very point I hope to examine in my paper. She included statistics such as 14% of 701 students at a college in the Boston area showed depressive symptoms.
Raeburn, Paul. "The Pill Paradox: Are Antidepressants killing teens, or saving their
lives?" Psychology Today 78 (2004): 72-73.
This article in Psychology Today was very helpful in giving in depth research on how antidepressants can sometimes increase suicidal thoughts. Although it seems a little biased to me, it still gave examples of real life stories. It also addressed the placebo effect and how even in adults, antidepressants such as Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil and Lexapro aren't magic bullets.
Salmans, Sandra. Depression: Questions You Have, Answers You Need. Pennsylvania:
People's Medical Society, 1995.
Sandra Salman's book is great for revealing the fallacies that surround depression, including many stigmas and controversies. She describes that there are different forms of depression and that there are certain risk groups for depression. Salman also state that depression is increased in women, thus revealing the gender differences with depression. She discusses antidepressants, electroconvulsive therapy, and light therapy.
Solomon, Andrew. The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression. New York: Scribner,
This book contains not only definitions of depression, but what is involved in breakdowns and suicide. Andrew Solomon also discusses the history of depression and how poverty and politics come into play into this mental illness. The evolution of depression has increased dramatically in the last century at an alarming rate, but Solomon suggests there is hope in the future with new treatments and new ways of thinking.
Wolpert, Lewis. Malignant Sadness: The Anatomy of Depression. New York: The Free
Wolpert defines depression in clinical terms. He also delves into the realm of mania and bi-polar disorders. Individuals that suffer from bi-polar disorders often suffer from depression as well, revealing that there is a link between the two. He also reveals that suicide is the ultimate end to depressive acts. He describes psychotherapy and how he thinks treatment will vary in the future.