Festival del Sol arrived and it was time to show our progress and what we had worked so hard on for several weeks now. Throughout the last part of the project It was my responsibility to develop a T-Shirt Design that had a deeper message about depression in order to spread awareness to adults about their teens or other members of our community.
Developing a not so superficial message for the shirt was very challenging, because me and my partner were looking to create something that teens like me and him would wear while still portraying a message fighting against the stigma on teen depression.
During festival a Student participated in our interactive activity called “This Heavy Feeling” the purpose for this activity was to spread everything we had learned about our teen brain and how depression targets certain areas of the brain one of those areas being the Amygdala. The amygdala is an almond shaped structure in the limbic system that is responsible for regulating our emotions. Activity in the Amygdala is higher in a depressed teen’s brain and it continues to be that way even after recovery. Another Targeted area would be the Hypothalamus which is known as “The seat of emotions in the brain” and just like the amygdala, the hypothalamus is also overly active when a teen is depressed. As you may know one of the symptoms of depression is Negative thinking, hopelessness and negative interpretation of events, this is due to a overactive hypothalamus, it all happens there. This student was amazed by how depression can pretty much make your life unbearable and take over your life and he commented that indeed a lot of people aren’t well informed about this.
Sources : Depression and your hypothalamus
My Name is Vanessa Anguiano, I am a junior at High Tech High Chula Vista.