Places You Can Get Help For Depression

Black Dog Institute
Karrinyup Clinical Psychology Service
Beyond Blue
Headspace (National Youth Mental Health Foundation)

What is Depression?

Depression is more than just feeling sad. It is a constant feeling of sadness, uselessness and despair which can cause problems with doing normal everyday tasks.

What Causes Depression?

Depression can be caused by a number of things and the triggers for depression can be different for different people. Sometimes, when things are going fine, a bout of depression can manifest itself for what seems no reason at all.

Usually depression is a consequence of several factors including: family history; family crises and problems; the death of someone close; relationship issues; a deterioration in physical health; social factors such as childhood abuse or neglect; chronic illness; unemployment or stress in the workplace; financial stress; or any expected and unwanted change in personal circumstances.

What Are the Symptoms of Depression?

People with depression can experience a range of problems including:

  • Energy problems such as: lack of interest; no feelings of pleasure; and lack of energy.

  • Body problems such as: significant appetite and weight loss or gain; fatigue; aches and chronic pains; digestive disorders; and headaches.

  • Functioning problems such as: insomnia or excessive sleeping; loss of concentration; problems remembering or making decisions; poor school performance; decreased work performance; fulfil social obligations; and clinginess in children.

  • Personal feelings such as: sadness; anxious; hopelessness; worthlessness; excessive guilt; feeling useless; and thoughts of death or suicide.

  • Relationship problems such as: irritability; restlessness; loss of libido; social and family withdrawal and alienation; and loss of friends.

  • Social problems such as: addictions; self-injury and self-harm; and reckless or abusive behaviour.

What Can Be Done About Depression?

Depression covers a spectrum from mild to severe. Therefore the way depression is treated will differ for each person.

If you think you or a friend may be suffering from depression then the very first, most important, thing to do is to get a professional diagnosis. There is research showing the longer one waits, the greater the impairment can be down the road.

In the meantime other helpful tips include: being active and exercising (even just going out to a movie); replace negative thoughts with positive or neutral thoughts; spend time with happy friends you know you can trust; do the types of things you know you enjoy; don’t make any drastic, hasty decisions; eat healthy energy–giving foods; and learn as much as you can about depression.