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 condition that affects your physical and mental health.

Signs and symptoms

Depression affects how you feel about yourself. You might lose interest in work, hobbies and doing things you normally enjoy. You may lack energy, have difficulty sleeping, sleep more than usual, feel irritable and 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, as well as a whole lot of things you can do to help yourself.

Who can assist

Different health professionals provide different types of services, treatments and assistance to help you on the road to recovery. And because we’re all different, it's important to find the right mental health professional to meet your individual needs.

Recovery and staying well

Recovery can take time, and it’s important to go easy on yourself. While medical and/or psychological treatment can help with your recovery, there are many other ways you can help yourself to get better and stay well.

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