The only known facts are depression occurs due to some chemical imbalances in our brain and it is a serious disease. But what causes depression? Is depression genetic? Why a similar circumstance triggers depression to some persons and not to everybody? Is it associated with the fact that we are being alienated from our daily ecofriendly green living?
A study conducted by University of Washington reveals that frequent encounters with nature, green spaces could restore the mind’s ability to focus and could alleviate the symptoms of depression. Outdoor activities can help reducing the symptoms of Alzheimer’s, dementia, stress, and depression. Frequent interaction with nature helps children to develop cognitive, emotional, connections to society and family. Playing and spending time in natural surroundings encourage imagination and creativity, cognitive and intellectual development. Visual contact with green space helps to restore the mind’s ability to focus. This can improve job and school performance, and help alleviate mental stress and depression. (Source: http://depts.washington.edu/hhwb/Thm_Mental.html)