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Let's look at an assignment that calls for illustration, which was given to psychology students at CUNY:
After you've read the case study on patient X, explain the nature of the patient's depression and illustrate with examples.
Now, let's look at Jane Broyard's response:
Patient X is seriously depressed. He has trouble sleeping almost every night. He has diminished interest in regular activities. He has gained more than 5% of his body weight in the past month. He feels inappropriate guilt and has trouble concentrating.
How does Jane illustrate that Patient X is depressed? Write your answer in the box below:

Why does she include these examples? What is the purpose of illustration?

Have you received an assignment that calls for illustration, or asks you to illustrate your ideas? Do Your Own is a section that can help you get started.

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