The Scoop January 2016 - Page 5

What Does Depression Mean To You?

"being mentally ill + suicidal at a young age (before 18) is. strange, because you grow up with this idea that one day you’ll finally snap, turn off, be brave enough to kill yourself, so you don’t really plan for the future. adulthood- further life, it isn’t for you, nor do you feel included within the future of it. it isn’t.. it isn’t part of your life plan.

and then before you know it you’re 18 and you’re an adult but you never thought you’d get this far and sure it’s great that you’re still alive you guess but also. you feel so alone + lost in a world you never expected or planned to be a part of."

- bakura daisy leo, http://www.bakura.co.uk/

"Depression is a flaw in chemistry, not character."

Although an advertisement for the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation in New York on the side of a building, the wall of graffiti rightfully taps into the hearts of many. In the simplest font for a display ever, the ad showcases the quote,

The low levels of serotonin and dopamine are the root causes for depression. Depression don’t always come by itself, it is known to co-occur with several other mental disorders such as bipolar disorder and anxiety disorders. This makes it even harder to recover from this particular

mental illness. Antidepressants will mimic the functions of these neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine in order to start making the patient continually feel better over time.

There are so many things that come with the word “depression”. It can mean different things to different people when the word is mentioned. To some it may mean the inability to go out because your sickness is hovering over you or it may mean the sudden memory of losing a friend to depression. The world would be a healthier place if we, as social beings, can speak openly about things like depression and mental illnesses. Don’t avoid the topic because you’re uncomfortable but talk about it until you’re okay with it existing even when you don’t want it to.

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