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    Signs and Symptoms

    While we all feel sad, moody or low from time to time, some people experience these feelings intensely, for long periods of time (weeks, months or even years) and sometimes without any apparent reason. Depression is more than just a low mood – it’s a serious condition that affects your physical and mental health.

    Signs and Symptoms

    It’s important to remember that we all experience some of these symptoms from time to time, and it may not necessarily mean you’re depressed. Equally, not everyone who is experiencing depression will have all of these symptoms.


    • not going out anymore
    • not getting things done at work/school
    • withdrawing from close family and friends
    • relying on alcohol and sedatives
    • not doing usual enjoyable activities
    • unable to concentrate


    • overwhelmed
    • guilty
    • irritable
    • frustrated
    • lacking in confidence
    • unhappy
    • indecisive
    • disappointed
    • miserable
    • sad


    • ‘I’m a failure.’
    • ‘It’s my fault.’
    • ‘Nothing good ever happens to me.’
    • ‘I’m worthless.’
    • ‘Life’s not worth living.’
    • ‘People would be better off without me.’


    • tired all the time
    • sick and run down
    • headaches and muscle pains
    • churning gut
    • sleep problems
    • loss or change of appetite
    • significant weight loss or gain

    (Reference: beyondblue)

    For more information about depression see: beyondblue – What is Depression?


    Important things to know about getting treatment for depression:

    • Different types of depression respond to different kinds of treatments. You need a thorough check from a health professional before treatment is prescribed.
    • Depression can sometimes go away by itself. But left untreated, it may last for many months or get significantly worse. Always seek help early, so you can recover sooner.
    • Depending on the nature of your depression, self-help and alternative therapies can be helpful. They can be used alone or combined with physical and psychological treatments.
    • Most people who have had depression have been able to seek help and live active, fulfilling lives.

    There are three broad categories of treatment for depression:

    • psychological
    • physical
    • self-help and alternative therapies.

    Often, a combination of treatments works best. Different types of depression require different treatments. As we are all individuals with different contributing factors, we all respond differently to treatment.

    (Reference: Black Dog Institute) 

    For more information about treatments for depression see:

    Black Dog Institute – Treatments for depression

    Black Dog Institute – Fact Sheet – Treatments for Depression

    beyondblue -Treatments for Depression

    beyondblue – A Guide to What Works for Depression (this is a 92 page book)

    Reach Out – All about treatments for depression 

    Who Can Help

    There are a number of Mental Health Professionals who can offer support. These professionals could include General Practitioners, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Occupational Therapists, Mental Health Nurses or Social Workers.

    For Further Information

    SANE Australia – Depression Fact sheet and Guide 

    Black Dog Institute – Depression

    beyondblue – What is Depression?

    Youthbeyondblue – Depression

    Reach Out – What is Depression?

    headspace – Understanding and Dealing with Depression – for Young People 

    headspace – Depression Fact Sheet