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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 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

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: what is it?

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.

Helping 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

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.

Mental health app

Overcoming Anxiety and Depression is an app created to reduce feelings of anxiety and depression. Suitable for all ages. Learn more here.

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OnTrack Depression

OnTrack Depression aims to help people recover from depression and to stop depression from coming back.

Read more on OnTrack website

Postnatal Depression (Postpartum Depression) | myVMC

Postpartum depression refers to debilitating and disabling mood disturbance after childbirth. It affects 10-15% of mothers following birth.

Read more on myVMC – Virtual Medical Centre website

Treatment of antenatal depression - COPE

Depression during pregnancy affects up to one in ten women, and there is a range of treatment can be helpful for the treatment of antenatal depression.

Read more on COPE - Centre of Perinatal Excellence website

MindSpot Clinic | Brief Depression Quiz

Take the brief depression quiz - This quiz will help measure your symptoms of low mood or depression.

Read more on MindSpot Clinic website

Antenatal and postnatal depression - men's experiences

A few fathers experienced depression or anxiety during a partner’s pregnancy or in early parenthood. For some, prior experiences of depression or anxiety resurfaced during this period, though not all men with past experiences of depression went on to experience antenatal or postnatal depression.

Read more on Healthtalk Australia website

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

Postnatal Depression Recovery Stories

Women share their experience with postnatal depression

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

Postnatal depression - COPE

Postnatal depression is a common, but debilitating condition that affects one in seven women following the birth of their baby.

Read more on COPE - Centre of Perinatal Excellence website

Treatment for postnatal depression - COPE

Accessing effective effective treatment for postnatal depression early, is an important step towards recovery.

Read more on COPE - Centre of Perinatal Excellence website

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