Depression is more than feeling sad; it is a common and debilitating condition that affects around 1 million Australian adults every year.
The experience of depression varies from person to person however there are some common signs and symptoms. It is important to remember that we all experience these symptoms from time to time, however if you identify with a number of these and it feels like they won’t go away, you may be experiencing depression.
Signs and symptoms include:
- Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness
- Loss of interest in daily activities
- Changes to appetite and/or weight
- Changes to sleep (either sleeping more or less)
- Anger or irritability
- Loss of energy or fatigue
- Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
- Difficulty concentrating and with memory
- Unexplained physical discomfort, such as headaches or stomach pain.
When people are experiencing depression, it can feel like things will never improve. It’s important to remember that things can and do get better for most people and that there is help out there. While it can be hard for people to talk about how they are feeling, seeking support from family, friends and mental health professionals is often the first step to positive change.
If you feel you may be experiencing depression, talk to your GP; they are a great resource for linking you in with further supports in your area and can discuss rebates that may be available to you. If you are needing immediate support please call Lifeline on 13 11 14.
360 Health + Community have a team of mental health professionals all over the state who can help you with a range of mental health concerns including depression. Give us a call on 1300 706 922 or visit 360.org.au to find out more and book an appointment.
Mental Health Clinician
360 Health + Community