Behavior Disorders

Assignment Questions
Assignment: Prozac and other SSRIs
Prozac is the trade name for fluoxetine and was the first of the selective serotonergic reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) developed. Sales of the drug

skyrocketed following its release and other SSRIs have since been developed. This class of drugs quickly became the most common type of

antidepressants prescribed.
For this assignment, you are tosubmit answers to all of the following questions:
1. Summarize why Prozac and other SSRIs are so popular. Discuss the factors that lead to their popularity and the evidence to support the

use of these medications as a treatment for mental disorders.
2. Summarize why some people are very concerned about the use of the SSRI antidepressants. Discuss the evidence that is used to support the

arguments for either avoiding or limiting use of these medications.
3. Based on your review of the literature, provide your own opinion on the use of the SSRI antidepressants. Justify your answer. Comment on

whether there should be any limits on their use (and what those limits should be) and why.
Maximum word count (excluding your title page and reference list) = 2000 words
Reminder:
Provide at least25analytical and appropriate in-text citations in the body of your assignment,the papers that get the better marks have a larger

number of references! They’re just better researched papers, and have more breadth.
Don’t go into detailof the background on how SSRIs work(e.g. how SSRI’s work within the synapse at a molecular level). 2000 words isn’t a huge

amount of space, and you should focus on the topic at hand, rather than getting into the nitty-gritty molecular biology of it.

Assignment Information
Assignment Format
Title Page
Provide a title page that includes the title of the assignment, your name and student number, the course and section number, and the date.
Body of Assignment
It is required that you use APA stylefor your references (as noted below). Do not use footnotes.
References
You are required to provide at least 25analytical and appropriate in-text citations in the body of your assignment, e.g., “(Smith, 2010)” and a

full reference list for this assignment. In-text citations and your reference list must be listed using APA style. If you are not certain how

to provide references using APA style, please see the UBC Library’s Citation Style Guides: http://help.library.ubc.ca/evaluating-and-citing-

sources/how-to-cite/
Word Limit (2000 words)
Be sure to adhere to the word limit indicated for each assignment – there will be penalties for exceeding the word limit (10% off for each 100

words over the limit).
Literature Searches and Journal Articles
This assignment will require that you search the published academic literature to find relevant published research articles that directly

address the assignment topic. You will then be required to read, summarize and critically evaluate these articles. You will need to use the UBC

library website to perform your literature search and to access the full text articles. If you are not familiar with how to do literature

searches or access journal articles, you will find helpful information on the UBC library website and you can also consult with a UBC librarian.

See: http://www.library.ubc.ca/
Avoid Plagiarism
Be sure to avoid plagiarism. If you are uncertain as to what constitutes plagiarism and for more information on UBC’s policies on plagiarism,

please see the UBC Library’s Academic Integrity Resource Centre: http://learningcommons.ubc.ca/guide-to-academic-integrity/ Note that

unintentional plagiarism is still considered plagiarism and there are serious consequences associated with this.
Assignment Submission
Submit your file as a Word document (extension “.doc” or “.docx”).

Assignment: Grading Sheet – January 2016
Student:
1. Summarize why Prozac and other SSRIs are so popular. Discuss the factors that lead to their popularity and the evidence to support the

use of these medications as a treatment for mental disorders.
Summary is based on current evidence
Summary is comprehensive and covers a broad range of issues /40
2. Summarize why some people are very concerned about the use of the SSRI antidepressants. Discuss the evidence that is used to support the

arguments for either avoiding or limiting use of these medications.
Summary is based on current evidence
Summary is comprehensive and covers a broad range of issues /40
3. Based on your review of the literature, provide your own opinion on the use of the SSRI antidepressants. Justify your answer. Comment on

whether there should be any limits on their use (and what those limits should be) and why.
Opinion and discussion of limits is well-thought out and integrates evidence /20
**The grades above reflect not only the substance of each section, but also the overall flow, spelling, grammar, and readability of the section.

I’m looking for academic writing at a third-year university level in order to give high grades.

Potential Deductions or Penalties (If marks were deducted, it will be clearly noted and highlighted below)
– inappropriate referencing (e.g., did not adhere to APA style – See the Online Writing Lab website for proper APA formatting:

https://owl.english.purdue.edu/)
– assignment was over 2000 word limit
– assignment was submitted late
– evidence of plagiarism
– poorly written paper (spelling, grammar, readability, etc.)

Total:

/100

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