Clinical Depression – Leela Hasan

Clinical depression, I chose clinical depression as the topic for my health buzz because, I have been surrounded by people who talk about depression and other mental illnesses since I was a little kid. This is because, my Mum is a psychologist and she has often worked with teens and young adults who’ve dealt with clinical depression and/or are suicidal. So I have often wondered what depression really is past feeling bad. Not to mention that clinical depression and other mental illness are often talked about on many of the social media platforms I use. Additionally there have been a few people in my family who have dealt with depression. Although, since my mum works in a field where this is what they help deal with daily, I knew a little bit about the subject before hand. For example before this I knew that depression was a mental illness, and I knew a majority of the side effects such as cutting, fatigue, hypersomnia or insomnia, etc… I also knew that it is a common mental illness and effects majorly teens and young adults. Clinical depression relates to some of my previous units/learnings because it is caused by stress, and stress is both part of the emotional and mental well being part of the 6 areas of wellness, which is what we had learned before. As said before this issue is important to me because there are people in my family who’ve had to deal with it, which not only concerns me because they are my family, but because it means that it is very likely I may be depressed one day, or one of my friends one day. Additionally clinical depression affects teenagers as a whole because teenagers happen to be the most susceptible to  clinical depression of all the age groups. Not to mention that the majority of teens now stay indoors out of sunlight which lowers their serotonin levels and have high levels of stress due to the amounts of homework they receive and the pressure that is put on them to get into a good college, which also lowers their levels of serotonin.
Some things I have learned about clinical depression are, that the reason a person’s mindset changes when they have depression is because depression starts when a person’s serotonin or happy neuron level is decreasing. Not only that, but the reason a person’s serotonin levels drop is due to rising stress levels, and lack of sunlight. I also learned that there are many things that trigger people’s depression. For example  a person doesn’t need a major change or medical past,  just somthing like a person’s genetics or gene pool can trigger their depression after their stress levels rise. Also that it is commonly seen around people with what may seem perfectly happy lives or good lives, people such as celebrities, or kids. This expanded my thinking and concept of clinical depression because, it made me realise that there are a lot of people out there with clinical depression, the majority of them around my age or older, and that depression is something that people can deal with even though it may control a person’s mind. This was also something I found to be quite interesting and/or surprising because I always used to think that the majority of people who had depression would be older and starting to worry about their age, health, and overall well being or about paying for college loans. Also I found it surprising that a person who is depressed always feels bad not because that’s just their mindsetmechanism-of-depression mechanism-of-depression