Learn about Depression

Feeling sad, moody, or low occasionally is a normal part of life. However, if these feelings persist for more than two weeks, it could be a sign of depression.

Depression affects 1 in 7 people in Australia. It’s a serious condition that impacts both physical and mental health.

It’s crucial to understand that depression is treatable, and seeking support by reaching out and talking to someone about it is worth it.

What is Depression?

Depression can significantly impact your self-perception and make daily life more challenging to navigate.

You might lose interest in things you usually enjoy. You may lack energy, have trouble sleeping or sleep more than usual.

Additionally, feelings of irritability and difficulty concentrating are common symptoms experienced by some individuals grappling with depression.

Symptoms of Depression

Everyone experiences depression differently.

Common signs and symptoms of depression can include:

There are several types of Depression. Each type has different symptoms and is treated differently.

Common types of depression include major depression (including postnatal depression), bipolar disorder and persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia).

The exact causes of depression remain unknown. However, there are various factors associated with its development.

Depression typically arises due to a combination of life events, personal factors, and alterations in brain chemistry. It’s seldom attributable to a single issue or event.

Treating depression involves various approaches, including medications, therapy such as cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), and implementing lifestyle changes.

If you’re feeling miserable, have been diagnosed with depression, or are supporting someone with depression, we offer resources to assist you.

Working with Depression

If you’re recovering from or managing poor mental health, work can help you to get better and stay well. There are things you and your employer can do to help.