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Depression: A Student’s Perspective

Depression: A Student’s Perspective

This video educates students about depression in order to minimize the stigma that is associated with the medical condition. It discusses how depression impacts lives and describes its symptoms, causes and treatment options. The video also provides information about resources available at McMaster University for students who are living with depression.

This video was made by 4DM3 students Zunaira Tarique, Shatha Jaber, Semir Bulle and Haley Leroux

Copyright McMaster University 2017

Please let us know how you liked this video and suggest additional topics for us to attempt to demystify below.


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  1. lost man on February 7, 2019 at 5:38 pm
  2. Allan De Guzman on February 7, 2019 at 5:39 pm
  3. Ghost - Brawl Stars on February 7, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    *I think the worst part about depression is not wanting to talk about depression*

  4. Carl Johnson on February 7, 2019 at 5:40 pm

    To everybody who never do homeworks, keep it up, u love ur life :p

  5. sophie grafton on February 7, 2019 at 5:40 pm

    What if you don’t have friends to help you out

  6. flyable max on February 7, 2019 at 5:42 pm

    I want to tell my mom but she will ask "Why are u depressed? There is no reason to be depressed" yes there is. It’s school mom it’s school. She won’t understand me no one will they think I’m faking it. Sure go ahead and think that cuz idc about life anymore I hate it so much I think about dieing and not dealing with this stressful stuff. And seeing my friends laugh and smile just….i don’t want to deal with this anymore. I want to smile, I want to laugh, I want to talk and make lots of friends, but I can’t cuz of because of school. Just trust me on this one, they only care about u when u are gone from this world.

  7. Tad Strange on February 7, 2019 at 5:42 pm

    Lol it’s GoAnimate.

  8. Tommy on February 7, 2019 at 5:45 pm

    Gosh I don’t even have depression and this video is depressing itself.

  9. Comment Comment on February 7, 2019 at 5:47 pm


    Me: well parents, watch this video

  10. Malak Queen on February 7, 2019 at 5:49 pm

    I remember when I was 8 I didn’t talk and stopped eating for no reason so uhmmm I think I need therapy but I’m now 10 so maybe don’t really need to

  11. Fat Rat on February 7, 2019 at 5:50 pm

    Y’all are pussies…grow up…everyone either claims they are depressed or wants to be depressed. We glorify this shit now. Y’all just want to be associated with the stars and celebrities who claim they are depressed. Fucking pussies these days need to grow up and stop telling the whole world y’all have “depression”

  12. Pro Netral on February 7, 2019 at 5:54 pm

    I hope i have a friend who understand me in real life.

  13. yo mums a ho on February 7, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    but there is a point to depression where you don’t even care anymore, you can’t be safed, you feel empty and numb and there’s no life left in you, you just exist

  14. -Storm - Bear- on February 7, 2019 at 5:56 pm

    im not living but i am living by a lost soul neediing a home

  15. blackham7 on February 7, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    This video reduces depression down to the science, rather than providing a more emotional insight into what students with depression go through.

  16. MpCaptainRuby on February 7, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    School: *your welcome*

  17. Comment Comment on February 7, 2019 at 5:58 pm

    Is it bad that I don’t remember what being happy feels like?

  18. Mastercraft on February 7, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    Korean mapping drunk

  19. elizabeth fenton on February 7, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    I’ve been feeling extremely shit lately and I’ve been like BUT WHYYYY till I realised it’s because I’ve stop smoking Mary Jane and then remembered the reason I started smoking was because I felt so extremely shit and now I’m remembering all the times in my past when I absolutely hated life which has been since the day I was born:( still not smoking tho but it’s hard finding something to make me not a pile of kaka ya know

  20. Goprobossakamichael on February 7, 2019 at 6:04 pm

    C’mon today why u gotta be like this

  21. Floating BOTTLE on February 7, 2019 at 6:05 pm

    I have depression about height

  22. 7amdo0n - on February 7, 2019 at 6:05 pm

    Its so hard to not think of things you don’t want,I tried killing myself but my body resisted,so I don’t know why I feel that I want to

  23. Army X Blink on February 7, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    I have high metabolism that’s why I’m skinny and weight loss is the only thing I don’t have in the lost

  24. Venice _Undertale on February 7, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    Ohh that means i’m depressed….okeh thennnnnn

  25. games Here on February 7, 2019 at 6:08 pm

    I have depression for 5 years and a half i m 18 now and i cant deal with this anymore

  26. xGacha Kaylax on February 7, 2019 at 6:08 pm

    Seriously, I hate my life.

    •Best friends left me.
    •Called by a friend Crybaby and ugly.
    •Told to die 2 times.
    •Parents don’t care.
    •People would start giving me papers at my lockers that written "Annoying a$$wh0rE", ect.
    •Parents would just laugh and called me a psychopath when I cut myself.

    WhY cAnT i hAvE a nOrMaL lIfE fOr oNcE

  27. Andrew Sikes on February 7, 2019 at 6:09 pm

    its nice todd has friends

  28. maxine moltubakk on February 7, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    i dont even know why i feel like this all the time. it feels like i dont have a reason to be sad, i just am. my friends tell me im moody, or «ur probably on ur period», and i get pissed by it. i dont even know how to tell my mom that i never have motivation to do literally anything, and school starts in 15 minutes, and im still in bed just crying. i have never experienced suicidal thoughts (im happy about it). idk what to do at this point

  29. Uzair Notes on February 7, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    According to a report ​300 million people worldwide are suffering from depression.

    Most of us are raised in a society where illness for people only means illness of the body.

    The people don’t want to talk about it or hear about it. They dismiss conversations about mental health as ‘unimportant’.

    Most of us are raised in a society where someone going through depression is just thought of as unhappy, over stressed or over thinker.

    I have created a video explaining about depression, it’s causes and the ways to handle it.

    Hope it serves the purpose.

  30. Yung Flames on February 7, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    I’ve went through depression cause I was friends with this girl I loved with my heart she used me as a friend and didnt really like me I was getting bullied kids telling me to kill myself. The only thing kept me happy was basketball and hip hop so I would escape my problems through listening to artists like xxxtentacion and lil peep they helped me get through my depression till this day I’m seeing my life different thinking more deeper about things I’ve been more quieter the girl I love doesn’t feel the same I feel like she is the one for me I guess I have to show her idk really I love her i hope she sees me

  31. Kid Ido on February 7, 2019 at 6:14 pm

    Peeps down there your not depressed just want attention

  32. Olivia Doherty on February 7, 2019 at 6:15 pm

    I Think I have depression Because everything I look at and all the symptoms add up so it’s kinda clear that I have depression even thought I am 10

  33. Javier Clark on February 7, 2019 at 6:15 pm

    I wish i could afford the medication to take the mental pains away. Feels like a bowling ball sitting on my head

  34. Bazooka Girl on February 7, 2019 at 6:16 pm

    1:41 6/8

  35. šlïpperÿ• •siśtėrš on February 7, 2019 at 6:21 pm

    I want to die

  36. Marcus Carter on February 7, 2019 at 6:23 pm

    I promise if you guys seek GOD he’d lead you from it. Just try it Jerimiah 29:13

  37. ThE sCaRy bOi on February 7, 2019 at 6:23 pm

    Im 11 and im deppresed i dont want to tell my parents bcuz they might not believe me so i told my friends about it but…none if em give a shit

  38. Dalia Charkaoui on February 7, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    im 13 and i’ve started to always be angry, always sad, always regretting what i do, always being disappointed in myself, very insecure, very lazy, no motivation, so much anxiety, and just hating myself honestly I’m just gonna see where life takes me

  39. Lana Setnikar on February 7, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    The thing is he has friends and I don’t have any

  40. A O_ on February 7, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    Can relate

  41. Bilal Khan on February 7, 2019 at 6:34 pm

    I’m 17 years old I’m studing and doing job to make money for my family that i have to i dont have enough time for my friends or any entertaining staff i do not what to do next what will be my future is do we really get out from poverty and why the hell i’m still alive and i think i’m depressed think so?

  42. fleurified on February 7, 2019 at 6:34 pm

    I’m such a ‘happy’ person that telling anyone what really goes on in my head feels like a plot-twist that noone in my vicinity is ready for.

  43. Rachana Baditha on February 7, 2019 at 6:35 pm

    My parents don’t understand mental health very well, and think that depression is something you can choose to stop feeling at any time. Because of this, I could never talk to them during my lowest points.

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