Draft Cover.png

Brain health and the built environment

In 2017, I started a research project looking at how environments affect mental health focusing on ways space can alleviate anxiety and improve moods.

Why is this Important?

1 out of every 5 Americans takes drugs every day to relax, and the numbers continue to increase. Anti-anxiety and anti-depressant medications are over prescribed. There’s a mental health epidemic on the rise especially in the younger population.

I wanted to understand what happens in our brains when we take anti-depressants, and what can I do as a designer to create spaces that improve mental health by reducing depression?

Note: This PDF is an incomplete draft of my preliminary report.