Monday, February 29, 2016

Junior Theme

For my junior theme, I am exploring why prescriptions for anti-depressants have sky-rocketed in the last 20 years. I had previous knowledge about anti-depressants and SSRI's (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor). After researching this topic for a while, I am realizing how many factors will need to be discussed into my paper. Are the prescriptions increasing because there are more cases of depression and anxiety disorders? Or are they increasing because people are becoming more aware of these mental health crises? Could it be because doctors are using medication to treat these things rather than therapy? Is it possible that doctors are overmedicating teenagers?

A nice thing about this topic is that there really is not a shortage of sources because there are so many people that have varying opinions on this topic.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Invisible Effects of Poverty

Being poor comes with all kinds of effects - visible and invisible. "Visible" effects would be lacking extravagant material items that if you are just trying to get by, you would not have. What's less obvious to people on the outside looking in are the invisible effects of being poor. What I believe to be one of the invisible effects of being poor is the loss of identity.

In Barbara Ehrenreich's book, Nickel and Dimed, Ehrenreich goes undercover, in a way, to experience trying to get by on jobs that are deemed "unskilled." Ehrenreich, taking an inventory of all her "stuff", states that she has, "a tote bag stuffed with books which will, along with the hiking boots ... turn out to be the most useless items in [Ehrenreich's] inventory," (53). Essentially Ehrenreich doesn't have time to do things outside of work. She goes to work, comes home exhausted, and then repeats the next day.

Another invisible effect is strain on relationships. A woman in Ehrenreich's book, Holly, experienced this. Holly comes to work one day clearly not feelings well and visibly upset6. When Ehrenreich tries to help and send her home, Holly explains that she, "had a big fight with [her] husband. [She] didn't want to come to work this morning but he said I had to" (97). Clearly Holly's relationship is being tested by the lack of money in the household.

Overall having money troubles has many invisible effects on a person and his/her family.