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Depression means different things to different people, and is experienced quite differently by everyone. It is quite okay to be feeling sad or down occasionally. It is a perfectly normal reaction to a situation or event that is distressing, hurtful and upsetting. And usually, these feelings tend to decrease and ultimately pass after a couple of days or weeks. You will notice that you tend to feel better and your mood returns to normal.
In more serious cases of depression, symptoms are more intense than just feeling down or sad. Other symptoms are evident too. You may not be sleeping well, you may be over or under eating, and have difficulty in functioning day to day. You may notice that you feel fatigued, your energy levels are down, and perhaps you feel unmotivated and have lost enjoyment in activities you previously enjoyed. This kind of depression is more serious and requires intervention.
Don’t be ashamed. Approximately one in five Australians will experience depression in their lifetime. Fortunately, there are effective treatments available to you and, in combination, can bring about long-term relief.
Treatments for depression comprise of medications, psychological support, and lifestyle changes. Just as no two people experience their depression in the same way, there is no “one size fits all” treatment to cure depression. What works well for one person may not work for you. I inform you about the treatment options available, and tailor them to meet your individual needs.