Luis Felix – Depression

I chose my HealthBuzz topic on depression because I think that it’s really interesting how the mind works and how hormones change during puberty, so I thought that everyone should be aware of this topic as it may happen to anyone now or in the near future. Since social media is commonly used between our family, there are higher chances for me or one of my siblings to go through depression. Before the presentation, I knew that depression wasn’t a really big topic that could really use awareness. Last year in my wellness class, I learned a bit about depression and I thought it was very interesting so I did more research. I think depression is very important because some people commit suicide or have suicidal thoughts because of something they might have done wrong. I believe that this affects teenagers because we are going through puberty which is the main point when people start getting signs of depression.

While doing reasearch, I learned that depression is a life or death illness with not much awareness. This expanded my learning because now if I see people that look, feel or act depressed, I will know how to help them even if they say that they are fine. In my opinion, it’s ok to go through sadness as it’s a normal stage in life, but depression is something that if it’s not treated, it can have a bad impact on your life. What was interesting about depression is how the body and mind changes to negatively impact the way someone feels. Because I now know that little things like exercise can cure depression, I could do more exercise to improve my wellbeing and to decrease my chances of depression.Sometimes, people misunderstand anxiety and depression. Anxiety is a feeling of worry or nervousness, not an illness that negatively impacts your body.  The least expensive way to cure some parts of depression is to do exercise, the other way is to talk to a psychotherapist. This influences my thinking in wellness as I became interested in hormones and genes, and it will be a topic that will be talked about later on.

This photo relates to depression as I found out that when someone asks for help, they usually say, “I’m fine.”. When I saw this picture I found out that this is what they probably really feel or something else depending on the situation. Depression can be really weird if no help is used.

Lucas – The Bubonic Plague

I chose this issue because it changed Britain’s history and it was one of the most deadly plagues in the world. The bubonic plague was famously named the Black Death for the amount of damage it caused. This condition is very deadly even though the first outbreak happened 700 years ago. This Plague killed about 75-200 million people from 1346 – 1353. It killed 60% of the population of Europe in 7 years. It created people to establish mass graves and caused social, religious, and economic upheavals.

This a Plague Doctor

According to the CDC (Center of Disease and Control) on average, about 10-20 people in the United States of America are diagnosed with the Bubonic Plague per year. Now, this disease is still deadly but is treatable by everyday antibiotics like penicillin. But can be deadly if not treated 24 hours after the first signs of symptoms. There is no guarantee that this plague will be wiped out because of the uncommon way it spreads and how many forms there are of the plague. The three forms are the common Bubonic Plague, Septicemic Plague, and Pneumonic Plague. The Bubonic Plague spreads through fleas infected with Yersinia Pestis. Yersinia Pestis is a gram negative bacteria. These fleas are spread through animals that live in dirty environments, mostly mice carry the disease. Some symptoms of the Bubonic Plague are headaches, fatigue, muscle aches, severe fever, severe chills, extreme weakness, severe abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, internal and external bleeding, shock, and blackening of death tissue.

A simple solution to decreasing your risk of this disease is to remove all rodents from your house, and giving all your animals a medicine that prevents fleas. Another solution is to eat healthy and make sure your house is not dirty.