What is depression?
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 illness that has an impact on both physical and mental health.
Signs and symptoms
Depression affects how people feel about themselves. They may lose interest in work, hobbies and doing things they normally enjoy. They may lack energy, have difficulty sleeping or sleep more than usual. Some people feel irritable and some find it hard to concentrate. Depression makes life more difficult to manage from day to day.
Types of treatment available
The encouraging news is that there are a range of treatments, health professionals and services available to help with depression, and there are many things that people with depression can do to help themselves.
Who can assist
Different health professionals provide different types of services, treatments and assistance to help people on the road to recovery. It's very important to find the right mental health professional to meet a person's individual needs.
Recovery and staying well
Recovery can take time. While medical and/or psychological treatment can help with a person's recovery, there are many other ways people can help themselves to get better and stay well.