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.
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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