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Depression and recovery – Andrew's story

Being diagnosed with depression can be both emotionally and practically challenging. Listening to others who have experienced similar situations is often re-assuring and can be helpful for you, your loved ones or when preparing questions for your doctor or a specialist.

Andrew is widowed and lives alone. He has struggled with chronic physical health problems and depression for most of his life but his 13 years of marriage were a happier period. He was diagnosed with depression after his wife’s sudden death from a heart attack. He has found mental health peer support group to be very helpful, together with antidepressant medication and regular visits to his doctor.

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This interview has been sourced from Healthtalk Australia. Healthtalk Australia is the Australian collaborator of healthtalk.org (UK) which conducts award-winning research into patient experiences in conjunction with the Health Experience Research Group at the University of Oxford, UK.

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healthtalkg.org (Experiences of depression and recovery in Australia, 50-59, Andrew)

Last reviewed: August 2013

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