What is Depression?

Depression is a mental illness that makes a person feel sad or unable to enjoy anything for weeks at a time.They can also have other symptoms, such as having no energy, being irritable, or having problems with sleep. In severe cases, someone might even think about suicide.Depression can stop people being able to do their job, study, or look after themselves and their family.It can be a short-term illness, or it can come and go throughout a person’s life.With the right treatment, someone with depression can recover and live a full, satisfying life.

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Symptoms of Depression

Depression can cause any of these symptoms:

  • feeling sad or down
  • not being able to enjoy things that are normally enjoyable
  • often thinking about death or suicide
  • eating too much or not enough
  • gaining or losing weight
  • sleeping more than usual, or not being able to sleep properly
  • having no energy or getting tired easily
  • not being able to concentrate or think clearly
  • feeling bad about yourself, worthless or guilty
  • physical movement that is either slowed down or sped up
  • irritability.

Source: RANZCP website

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