Science In The Bath – The Science of Depression


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Today is #WorldMentalHealthDay. Mental health is a really important topic to me, so I made this video hoping to add something positive to the world.

Part of the reason this video has taken such a long time to release is that I’ve been worried about how it will be received. I decided to put it out today because it’s World Mental Health Awareness Day. My aim with Science In The Bath has always been to present science that I think is really fascinating, and to do it in a way that hopefully helps people watching to better understand the incredible world around us.

But depression is a really, really complicated topic, and one on which there’s a lot of conflicting information. It’s hard to be scientific when there are so many contradictions flying around. This video is mainly based on a theory called Depressive Realism, adapted following lots of conversations with psychologists, doctors and friends suffering from depression.

As I say a lot in the video, we are still absolutely in the Dark Ages when it comes to understanding depression, and it’s entirely possible that some people might find this video to contrast quite a lot with their own experiences.

Please, when watching it, know that I’ve made this with the best intentions, hoping that it will help, and that it might spark of new ideas in people, such that we might all be able to help more in the future.

Now for the important official disclaimer bit: I am a scientist, but I’m not a doctor, even less so a psychiatrist, and so, if you are suffering from depression, it’s important to always take the words of doctors over mine.

Also, a slightly embarrassing point… when I was taught about the amygdala, I was taught the wrong pronunciation, and I only just realised. It’s normally pronounced a-mig-d’la!