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Lesson Plan/Activity

This Is Your Brain on Depression, Grades 9-12

September 25, 2023

Who this is for:

Science Communicators


This interactive lesson plan teaches students about the causes, symptoms, and treatment options for teen depression.

Student Objectives

  • Learn about the etiology of depression and discuss behavioral symptoms.
  • Learn and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of current treatment options, such as antidepressants.
  • Work in groups to investigate what is going on in the brain during depression and how antidepressants target specific neural mechanisms to alleviate its symptoms.

Lesson Plan

  • Title: This is Your Brain on Depression
  • Setting: In Classroom
  • Subject: Biology – Neuroscience
  • Grade Level: 9-12
  • Time Frame: 1 Hour
  • Paired Dana Foundation Fact Sheets: 9th-12th Grade How Does the Brain Work?
  • Next Generation Science Standards: Meets HS-LS1-2, HS-LS1-3

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