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Depression

We all feel low or down at times, but if your negative emotions last a long time or feel very severe, you may have depression.

Depression is a mood disorder where you feel very down all the time.

Depression can happen as a reaction to something like abusebullying or family breakdown, but it can also run in families.

Depression often develops alongside anxiety

It's not the same as manic depression, which is another term for bipolar disorder

Depression is one of the most common types of mental illness. Although it's hard to feel optimistic when you're depressed, there is lots of support available to help you feel better.

The symptoms of depression.

 

Depression affects different people in different ways. Symptoms can include:

  • not wanting to do things that you previously enjoyed

  • avoiding friends or social situations

  • sleeping more or less than normal

  • eating more or less than normal

  • feeling irritable, upset, miserable or lonely

  • being self-critical

  • feeling hopeless

  • maybe wanting to self-harm

  • feeling tired and not having any energy

Just because you experience one or more of these symptoms, it doesn’t mean you’re definitely affected by depression. It’s important to talk to your GP to get a full diagnosis.

What to do about depression

Depression can affect anyone, and you deserve help to feel better. Talk to someone you like and trust, like a teacher, relative, counsellor or friend.

You should also see your GP. They may offer to refer you to a psychologist or a psychiatrist who can help you.

 Get help now 

Australia's largest crisis hotline

Listen without judgement

Provide a safe space to discuss your worries, needs or concerns

Available 24/7, 365 days a year

Call service available at 13 11 14

Text service available at 0477 13 11 14​

https://www.lifeline.org.au/

Support for children and young people

Available 24/7, 365 days a year

Call service available at 1800 55 1800

Online text service

Online group help services

https://kidshelpline.com.au/

Australia's young person mental health crisis hotline

24/7 services

Call service available at 1300 22 4636

Chat online service

Email service

https://www.beyondblue.org.au/

Australia-wide emergency service

line

Available in rural areas

For emergency use only

Ability to dispatch police, ambulance and fire

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