TED-TALK: Depression & The Brain

Hi guys!

Here’s my TED-TALK on the truths behind┬áDepression. Its on my YouTube channel, so feel free to leave a like. All of my sources are linked in the bio of my YouTube video. Don’t forget to leave a comment on THIS page, and not on YouTube. I hope you enjoy :)

11 thoughts on “TED-TALK: Depression & The Brain

  1. Hi Madison! Your talk brings together so much great research and is so thorough! You addressed this topic so well and you really looked at this topic from so many points of view. One question I have for you is, how do you think depression is different in young people whose brains are still developing? Does brain development play a role in the severity of depression? I really appreciate that you talked about such a serious and complicated topic, but made it so simple to understand. Your abilities as a public speaker continue to amaze me!

    • I’m glad you liked it! Like I mentioned in my video, most questions about depression don’t have a definite answer, but they do have quite a few ideas that are still being looked into. A really good page on depression and the developing teen brain is: HERE It basically explains that the developing of the brain is a factor, but they’re just not sure of how big of a role it plays in teenage depression. What I find interesting is that they talk about how the parts of the brain which help control emotion haven’t fully matured in teenagers. This would make sense as to why teenage depression is so common. If the hippocampus isn’t fully developed, even the smallest bit of a subtraction in size due to depression could be major! I’ll definitely keep looking into it. Thanks for the awesome question!

  2. Great video Madison! I found your topic very interesting and you did very well at explaining what is a complex thing. I don’t know much about depression or its effects, but it seems to me that it affect teens more than adults and certainly more than children. Does this have something to do with the chemicals inside of a teen’s brain? Or, does it simply have something to do with the general increase in stress as a child grows up?

    • Great question! I’m glad you liked the video as well. Like I said before, there isn’t any exact answers yet. Some thoughts on why depression is more common in teenagers these days is actually because of stress. Compared to a few years ago, the academic stress, stress to fit in, and stress over family has increased dramatically. Also, as odd as it sounds, social media has played a huge role in making teenagers think of depression as cool and “aesthetic”. These stressors and wrong views on depression, on top of teenagers already not having fully developed brains and “teenage hormones”, are currently said to be why teenage depression is very common. Thanks for the great question!

  3. Great TED Talk, Madison! I think you explained a serious and complex topic really well and I really like how you are disproving some of the misconceptions that exist around depression (i.e. how depression is ‘just a chemical imbalance’).

    You mention at the end how serious it is for people who have depression to get help, so what are some ways one can bring up this topic when asking for help to make it easier to talk about (as just saying it point blank may be uncomfortable)? On the other side of that, what do you think are some things one can do or say to support someone that is dealing with depression without adding to their struggles by making them feel worse (while keeping in mind, of course, that no two people are the same)?

    • Thanks Aileen! I think that depression is becoming such a popular topic online, that it is looked at as a “common cold” like I mentioned. Because of this, I think that people, especially those who suspect that they might be suffering the disorder, should research the topic thoroughly before mentioning anything. This way, they can understand the severity of depression, and be able to pass on real information to those that they are sharing their concern with. Depression shouldn’t be an awkward thing to talk about, and symptoms (especially suicide) are just as devastating as things like cancer.
      Also, when helping someone who is suffering depression, I think the most important thing is to make sure they are getting professional help and staying safe. Unless you are a trained professional, nobody should be counselling someone suffering depression because of how unique it can be. However, depending on the severity, you should always simply monitor the person you are worried about. Make sure they’re eating, sleeping and not harming themselves. Always rely on hospitals and physiatrists :)

  4. Well done doing this topic Madison! Talking about depression is a tricky thing. Many people experience it in different ways and there’s different reasons behind their “mood disorder” as you said. Teenagers are affected by depression more than any other age group due to that lack of sleep, the body growing in different phases, and because it’s the most emotional/stressful part of figuring out yourself and who you truly are. I’m impressed with how you worded and organized it all, definitely A worthy! No questions from me ?

  5. Good job Madison! This was very well done! Depression has always been something I’ve cared a lot about, and want to learn more about, but this was the first I’ve heard of the process of what antidepressants do. i’ve always known they do something to calm you down, but not exactly what, so thanks for explaining that. I’m also very intrigued by what you were getting at when you brought up genetics, and how it factors in. It’s crazy, and so sad to have to believe that you could be born into a life with depression, but sadly that is the reality. How much do you think nurturing plays into the child’s outcome though? As in, if a child is born, more susceptible to falling into a depressive cycle, could parents take steps to prevent it, or is it something that will happen no matter what? Of course every case is different, but this is something I’m curious about. Great job!!

    • Thanks James! There are so many factors that can determine whether or not a child gets diagnosed with depression. It’s very hard to say what a parent could do to prevent the disorder. My recommendation, especially if depression runs in the family, is to talk to your kid about it. Make sure that they understand how depression works and how serious it is. Also, since depression is hard to catch without symptoms, I would suggest parent to be aware of the symptoms like loss of interest and motivation. That way they could catch it early on. Thanks for the question!

  6. Madison!! You’re talk was super thoughtful and beautifully put together! I love how you talked about something you have personal experience with, so you were really able to give a passionate and well-informed talk about it. Your voice and expressions were really effective in conveying your thoughts. One question I have for you to think about is, as depression and “feeling depressed” are two different things, both of which are far from pleasant, why do you think there are people who glorify and romanticize the idea of being depressed as a means of conveying a certain “aesthetic,” and what are your thoughts on the whole concept?

    • Aww thanks Anika! I’m so glad that you liked it! I think that depression has been so romanticized because of how common it’s becoming. A lot of teenagers are being diagnosed with depression these days, mainly because of how much stress teens these days deal with. I think that this has really drawn a barrier between older generations and current teenagers. Older generations can’t necessarily relate to us as much, making teenagers ban together online and obsess over how “misunderstood” we are. This causes teenagers who aren’t even clinically depressed, pretend to have the disorder just to fit in. This extreme popularity is something that I believe to make depression be something that it is not.

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