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All about depression

Depression is a medical condition during which people experience long periods (2 weeks or more) of an abnormally depressed mood with a loss of interest and decreased energy.

Symptoms of depression include emotional symptoms such as a loss of interest in normal activities, feeling sad, down, empty or feeling worthless. Physical symptoms of depression include feeling tired or run down.

People with depression may face mental-health-stigma or find it difficult to talk about their mental illness. There are, however, specific things you can do if you are helping or caring for someone with depression.

Head to Health, an online gateway funded by the Australian Government that can help you find free and low-cost, trusted phone and online mental health resources, including information about depressive disorders. Or find out more below.

Depression - symptoms, types, treatment

There’s more to depression than ‘the blues’. If you’re sad for weeks, lack energy or no longer enjoy things you used to, you could be depressed.

Bipolar disorder

Bipolar disorder is a condition where people experience periods of depression and mania. Learn more about bipolar and how to seek treatment here.

How to deal with depression

Telling people you have depression and getting help is not easy, here's some ways to manage your illness. Find out more about dealing with depression.

How to help someone with depression

It's not easy to know how to help someone with depression. Learn to recognise the signs, how to talk to someone with depression and where to get help.

Melancholia (melancholic depression)

Melancholia is a type of depression, sometimes referred to as melancholic depression. Read more about the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment here.

Sadness

We all feel down sometimes, but if feelings of sadness or worry last more than 2 weeks, it may be a sign of depression or other mental condition.

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Depression during pregnancy and the postnatal period

Perinatal depression refers to depression that occurs during pregnancy or the postnatal period and affects 15–20 per cent of women in Australia.

Read more on Black Dog Institute website

Perinatal depression | Depression | ReachOut Australia

When someone has perinatal depression, they experience a range of symptoms. There are a range of things you can do to help manage your symptoms.

Read more on ReachOut.com website

Antenatal & postnatal depression in men | Raising Children Network

Men can get antenatal depression and postnatal depression. If youre a man with symptoms of antenatal depression or PND, dont ignore them seek help.

Read more on raisingchildren.net.au website

Contributing factors for postnatal depression or anxiety

Contributing factors for postnatal depression or anxiety

Read more on Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia (PANDA) website

Antenatal & postnatal depression: women | Raising Children Network

Antenatal depression and postnatal depression are more than pregnancy ups and downs or baby blues. If you have symptoms, its a good idea to seek help.

Read more on raisingchildren.net.au website

Online Course and App for Depression | THIS WAY UP

Learn to overcome depression with This Way Ups Cognitive Behavioural Therapy course.

Read more on This Way Up website

Risk factors for perinatal depression - Partners to Parents

Find out what risk factors increase the likelihood that you will experience depression and anxiety during pregnancy or following childbirth.

Read more on Partners to Parents website

MumMoodBooster - An Online Treatment For Antenatal Depression Compared To Best-practice Alternatives

MumMoodBooster is a Web-based treatment program designed for women experiencing postnatal depression.

Read more on MumSpace website

Is my partner OK? - Partners to Parents - postnatal depression

Are you wondering "Is my partner OK?" Find out how to recognise if your partner is experiencing depression or anxiety during pregnancy or following birth

Read more on Partners to Parents website

Postnatal depression: supporting a partner | Raising Children Network

If your partner is diagnosed with postnatal depression, you can help in many ways. Its also very important to help your partner get professional support.

Read more on raisingchildren.net.au website

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