What is depression?
We all feel low or down at times but if your negative emotions last a long time or feel very severe, you may have depression. Depression is a mood disorder where you feel very down all the time. It can happen as a reaction to something like abuse, bullying or family breakdown, but it can also run in families. If you think you might have depression, you’re not alone.
Signs and symptoms of depression
One in seven Australians experience an episode of depression at some stage in their life, but symptoms can vary between individuals.
Symptoms of depression include:
- an overall lack of interest in everyday life
- an inability to cope with everyday stress
- problems with mood, including anger, irritability, guilt, shame and anxiety
- reduced enjoyment and interest in activities
- loss of sense of humour
- changes in energy levels, appetite and sleep
- weight loss or gain
- self-harm and suicidal thoughts and behaviours.
Do I have depression?
The K10 checklist will help measure whether you may have been affected by depression and/or anxiety during the past four weeks. The higher your score, the more likely you are to be experiencing depression and/or anxiety.
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Treatment programs for depression
At Wesley Hospital we offer proven and effective treatments to help manage clinical depression so you can return to a fulfilled and connected life with your family and friends. Click the link to find out more now.