Week 1 article reflection #sustainable_systems

After reading the article “Growing up in dirty air ‘quadruples chances of developing depression’ young people more likely to have depression at 18 if exposed to dirtier air at age 12” from The Guardian, I was shocked. Before I read the article, I never thought of the idea that one’s metal status is affected by one’s living environment.

Actually, even now, I’m still doubting the authenticity of this message. I grew up almost in the southeast part of China–Shenzhen, and later, I spent my high school years in Vancouver. I consider both cities have great air condition and nice environment to live. Apparently, Vancouver is the city has better environment condition, however compared my mental status in both cities, I was clearly more stressed out in Vancouver . I was stressed out because of school, relationships with people, the pressure from applying a good college, and trying to finger out my identity. As a conclusion, indeed, air in urban must be worst than in suburb, but is it clear that the pressure a teenage needs to suffer in urban area is much more, and more complex than those in the suburb? So, I consider the depression must mostly come from the high dense, plus all sorts of pressure from urban instead of the air condition.

Another example could be, Beijing is famous for lots of reasons. And one of it’s famous reason is it’s awful air condition. The dust in the air sometimes can cover up the sun. However, tons of my friends are from Beijing, and as far as I observed, none of them suffer from any kind of worry or depression. Some of my friends are actually happier about themselves than myself. Because the city has a rich history background and it’s the capital city of China, it somehow provides them a sense of security. I find that interesting, and I don’t know whether it’s a factor that keep them from depression instead of dive into depression like what this article predicted.

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