Previously, I mentioned in class that I wanted to do a research question that dealt with athletics, because I have always been interested in sports and more specifically, sports medicine. However I could not come up with a question that was interesting or significant enough to pursue this topic.
Instead, I decided to turn to the topic of depression in women. I’ve been reading The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath which brought up this topic. Sylvia Plath is one of my favorite poets/writers, but her story is very sad. She suffered from depression for many years and took her life by putting her head in an oven. The Bell Jar chronicles experiences based off of Plath’s life, including her depression. When I read The Bell Jar I was startled at the sense of morbidity dealt with depression. Furthermore, I was shocked at the use of Electric Shock Treatment and could not believe it was legal and not uncommonly used to treat depression.
I researched depression (aka Google) and found out that women are much more likely to be diagnosed with depression than men. This didn’t surprise me, but only made me more curious about the subject. The research question I am toying with is:
Why are women more likely to be diagnosed with depression than men?
I want to refine this question to include more specific reasons, such ” What are the hormonal, genetic, and societal reasons that women are more likely to be diagnosed with depression than men?” but I need to work on the phrasing. I also want to narrow down the topic as necessary.
Hopefully this is a good start to my research question! At the very least, it is a subject that strongly interests me.