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Running head: Research Methods and Depression 1 Research Methods and Depression Michaila Shaak University of Phoenix Professor Stephanie Isgitt 2/19/2015
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Research Methods and Depression 2 Research Methods and Depression The fields of health and psychology rely on tedious research, solid designs in methods of research, and verified findings. Research is essential for professionals because it is a means to present knowledge to the patient, construct appropriate treatment plans, diagnose conditions accurately, and educate the patient on their condition and necessary lifestyle changes. There are many research methods utilized in medicine. Some common designs include epidemiological research, descriptive methods, and developmental research. Each design has a specific purpose and contributes to the medical field in a significant way. This writing will describe the three research methods mentioned in further details, how it applies to conditions like depression, and how each method effects the treatment and diagnosis of conditions like depression. Before one can understand how research methods can impact behavioral health, they must understand the condition. In this writing, depression is the condition used to illustrate each method and its effectiveness. Depression is a condition that causes people to feel consistently down or sad (“Mayo Clinic,” 2013). Feelings of despair and deep sadness run deep with depression and can cause physical symptoms like fatigue, over or under satiated, aches and pains throughout the body, etc. (“Mayo Clinic, 2013). Scientists have learned through research methods that depression can be effected by environment, trauma, genetics, or a combination of factors (“Mayo Clinic,” 2013). These methods indicate that there is a real biological and psychological connection in depression. Epidemiological research is a study that recognizing patterns and relationships of cause  and effect among health and disease as it pertains to a certain group or population (Pai, 2008).  Public health sectors consider epidemiological research as a foundational method in diagnostics,  experimental medicine, preventative care, and overall progress of medicinal sciences. The  method offers insight on correlations that might lead to early detection. For instance, 
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Research Methods and Depression 3 epidemiological research has proven that women are at higher risk for depression by two times  than men (Kessler, 2013). An epidemiologist helps design research methods that suite a study,  analyze the statistical data, interpret the data, conclude with findings, and implement the results  of the study to a working field. The method helps develop processes in clinical research, health  studies, basic research, biology, and other pertinent designs that effect behavioral and physical  health and how we diagnose and treat conditions. Fields directly impacted by epidemiological 
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