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Youth mental health is worsening. The percentages of the depressed youth has risen 2.3 percent since 2012 (Nguyen 1). There are varieties of ways to treat depression. Depression is very infamous in this generation. I noticed students and adults were very depressed at my school and in my community.  This paper will inform the reader what depression is, why people become depressed, and how some hobbies can help treat depression.    The adolescents mental health is very unhealthy due to depression. Depression ismental illness that affects how you feel, think, and act. It also causes feelings of sadness and loss of interest in activities people once enjoyed. Being sad and depressed is not the same thing(Chau 1). Sadness is short term and being depressed is long term. Being sad, for example is like crying, spending time alone, then going back to their regular life, that means being sad should not be longer than two weeks. Being depressed has an affect on someone to cause them to be slow to interact and be quick to anger. One of the symptoms of being depressed would be suicidal thought. People get depressed for a variety of reasons such as life events, health conditions, how people live, and who they lived with. Life events is one of the key factors that causes depression for example when someone in their family passes away or when parents get divorce. Health conditions also have a role in depression.People who have conditions such as Hypothyroidism can have a depressed mood. Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough thyroid hormone (Why do People get Depressed).  How people live and who people grew up with also leads to depression like having a angry atmospheric family. Poverty or living in a violent family will also lead to this. Dealing with bullying, harassment, or peer pressure leaves some people feeling isolated (Why do People get Depressed). There are variety of ways of treating depression. I chose to talk about how photography helps treat depression. Photography motivates people with the mental disorder of depression to go outside. Going outside will  help motivate people to exercise like jogging, hiking, and biking to get the best picture (Evans,1). Just going outside will help boost endorphins which is a natural chemical that makes people feel happy. Photography is a non-verbal communication. Non-verbal communications means that by presenting your picture it can speak a story (Evans,1) . Talking to people will also help the well being and help reduce isolation(Evans,1). Being isolated means being alone or being apart from others which is the main key factor of depression. Lastly, photography can help connect the subconscious and helps figures out the reason of depression. Since photography helps motivate people with depression to go outside and helps motivate interacting with people. There are a variety reasons why going outside and interaction helps treat depression. People who are depressed should go outside because sunshine increases levels of vitamin D, which improves muscle function, the immune system, and mood. Exercise is also proven to reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety. Exercising helps improve social interaction.  “That kind of activity spurs the release of proteins called neurotrophic or growth factors, which cause nerve cells to grow and make new connections. The improvement in brain function makes you feel better( Harvard Health).” Going outside helps make new friends and boost the person’s mood by smiling to others and greeting others will also boost self esteem and moods. Talking to people will also help. Talking and getting involved in Social Support groups , Family, friends, and the community can help the person with depression. Talking to people will help make relationships might help people un-isolate themselves and open up to others. People who make goals and achieving them boost their self esteem because of the feeling of completion and a purpose in life. In conclusion, the mental health of the youth is worsening and there are varieties of ways to treat depression. Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses and the difference between being sad and being depressed (Depression). People with this depression illness that affects their daily life (Depression). There are also many reasons why people get depressed such as the way people grew up, who they grew up with, and life events.

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