Essay: Writing to Show Cause and Effect

Write an academic essay where you show a clear relationship between cause and effect, with a topic chosen from your major field of study, your work life, or your personal life. Here are some examples of topics from your textbook and from successful student papers:

• Causes of symptoms or conditions (medicine and health—autism, ADHD, cancer, sports injuries)

You may have other ideas and are not sure how to use them in a cause and effect essay.

• You will write your essay in the third person.
• Use Online Library article databases, no open web sources.
• You need a minimum of three sources for your essay.
• Integrate the sources using MLA format.
• All essays should be 750-1000 words, in MLA format.
• Remember to include your checklist (below)

Essay 3: Cause & Effect - Writer’s Checklist

1. What is the cause or effect you are analyzing in your thesis?
2. How have you explained the cause-and-effect relationship?
3. How did I organize my causes and/or effects so that they would follow a logical structure?
4. How did I conclude my essay so that it would end effectively?
5. Identify one change you have made as a result of proofreading your essay.

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Depression: Cause and Effects

A common but serious mood disorder, depression causes sadness, insomnia, feelings of worthlessness, and in its extreme form, suicidal thoughts, for an extended period of time, interfering with a person’s daily life (Andrews and Thomson, Jr.; “What Is Depression?”).

While research primarily focuses on depression’s costs to the individual suffering from it, as well as his or her family and friends, some studies have found that depression does cause beneficial things to happen, such as greater success at analyzing complex problems and solving social dilemmas (Andrews and Thomson, Jr.).

Depressive disorder comes in several forms, including major depression, in which severe symptoms interfere with one’s daily life and activities including eating, sleeping, and simply enjoying one’s life; persistent depressive disorder, which is depression that lasts two or more years; psychotic depression, which involves a break with reality or seeing or hearing hallucinations; postpartum depression in which women experience depression after giving birth; seasonal affective disorder (SAD) in which one suffers depression during winter months; and bipolar disorder...
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