Standard: Health Behaviors


Learning Plan Title: “Depression”


HE.HS.3.4: Students will identify causes, warning signs and prevention strategies of depression and suicide.

Performance Descriptor:

Mastery Level:  Students will list safe and risky health behaviors.


Learning Plan:  


1. Begin the lesson by reviewing what students learned about depression in the video. What is depression? What are some different types of depression? What are some causes of depression? Describe different treatments available.

2. Next, have students work in pairs and discuss what facts in the video they found most surprising. Tell students they will choose one fact they'd like to explore further to create a "Myth and Reality" poster about that aspect of depression. Their poster should highlight one misperception and feature the truth. Encourage students to use facts from the video and their own research. They can also include quotes from a variety of sources: the video, their research, or anonymous interviews. Below are some ideas for common misperceptions about depression. You may choose to use them to spark discussion among students.

•  Depression is just a feeling; you can snap out of it if you try hard enough.

•  Only a few "crazy" people really get depressed.

•  Depression only occurs when bad things happen.

•  It's easy to make yourself feel better.

•  There's nothing you can do to treat depression.

•  Medicines like Prozac and Zoloft are "happy pills."

•  Only adults suffer from depression.

•  Therapy's just lying on a couch talking about your childhood.

•  Antidepressants can help anybody with depression.

•  There are no outward signs of depression.

•  People dealing with depression never experience extreme highs.

Related Health Content Standards and Objectives:

Teen Health: Depression

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