A very warm welcome to our forums. So pleased you found your way here, and yes, it is a good place to start. Well done.
Depression and anxiety can be the pits can't they. I've lived with both for decades. Having said that, my life has been good. What I've found is finding ways to manage the down times. Not sure how you go, but identifying the triggers is a way I started to being better at managing those times. Usually, it something that triggers me, that sends me off into anxiety (which I never realised), the unmanaged anxiety always turned to depression. And so the cycle has gone on for decades. Now identifying those triggers helps to manage the anxiety before it becomes depression. Ha! I say. It helps, it doesn't stop me from getting anxiety or depression, just makes my journey a little easier.
It sounds like you have had a few changes in a very short time - started a new job, ended a relationship, financial difficulties. Not to mention what's happening in Australia with COVID. All these things are triggers for those of us with mental health conditions. You've come to a good place to know you're not alone.
There are many good posts throughout our forums that you might find useful. Do some searches using the search field at the top of the page. That's if you want to of course - no pressure.
Just a thought - are you seeing a health professional, e.g. psychologist? Might be helpful or you could phone or do some online chatting with one of the many services providers available, e.g. -
- Relationships Australia 1300 364 277
- Lifeline 13 11 14 or www.lifeline.org.au/Get-Help/Online-Services/Crisis-chat
- Beyond Blue Support Services 1300 224 636 or www.beyondblue.org.au/getsupport (1pm-12am)