We all go through periods of feeling down, but depression is feeling of persistent sadness for weeks or months, rather than just a few days. Depression is much more than feeling unhappy. It is not a sign of weakness but is a real illness with real symptoms.
One in 7 fellow Australians will experience in their life time. Further, support-seeking appears to growing at a rapid rate with around of half all people with mental health condition seeking treatment. (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2015).
What are the types of depression? Depression is a spectrum and symptoms can range from minor (but debilitating) through to very severe.
What are the sign and symptoms of depression? Symptoms range from low mood and lack of interest along with biological symptoms (deranged sleep wake cycle) and psychological symptoms (feelings of hopelessness and helplessness) with or without self harm ideations.
Treatment of depression? At Murdoch Psychiatry, we believe that every individual is unique. However, depression is fully treatable and there are effective range of treatment options available.