How we can help with Depression

Depression affects one in four Australians during their lifetime. The signs of depression include:

  • Persistent low and depressed mood
  • Loss of interest and enjoyment in usual activities
  • Disturbance in sleep and appetite
  • Fatigue and loss of energy
  • Strong feelings of guilt or worthlessness

Often people are unaware that they are experiencing depression, and go for long periods of time feeling ‘not themselves’ or struggling to get through the day. This can cause stress and conflict within families, and significant disruption to work or everyday life. Depression can often present without an obvious trigger or cause, which leaves people wondering why they are suddenly feeling this way.

In children and adolescents, feelings of sadness can often present as anger or irritability. If you notice any of these changes in yourself or those around you, it is worth speaking to someone to find out what may be going on. Psychological therapy has been found to be an extremely useful treatment to depression, and is accessible to people of all ages.