Going through my studies I came to the conclusion that the environment and society does have a factor in depression.
Vitamin D is very helpful to the brain because it helps reduces inflation of brain cells, the inflated cells is a heavy cause of depression. Norwegians do not get much vitamin D because of the lack of sunlight during the winter, increasing the rates of depression.
Alcohol does not help depression but in fact it makes it worse. Alcohol reduces your brain’s Serotonin. Serotonin controls the nerves of happiness, if lowered it causes depression. Anti- depressants job is to raise your Serotonin, thats why drinking shouldn’t be mixed with anti-depresants. The amount of drugs and alcohol being consumed is scaring because it is just increasing the depression rate.
What has really surprised me about my research is the drug and alcohol use in Norway, it being higher than expected (no pun intended). I knew that because of the lack of sun the winter and fall would contribute to the depression but I didn’t know how much it affected the rate of depression. Going through many links I saw that half the population gets hit with depression and anxiety, more than I expected. I was also surprised by how much money is now going into Norway’s psychotic department trying to get people to understand depression.
Thesis statement: The brutal climate and the homogeneous society in Norway is a major influence in Norway’s high depression rate.
Research question: What are some environmental factors that contribute to depression?
The reason I am interested in this question is because going through my own struggles with depression, I have been told by people of different professions that Norwegians, and other people who live in the far up north; have a higher chance of having mood swings, anger issues, and depression. So as a norwegian I want to know why this is and how I can I prevent this when I have my own children.
I also hope to understand if my own anger and mood problems is from this ancestral trend.