“I feel sad all the time”

“I just don’t enjoy anything the way I used to”

“I feel exhausted, hopeless and helpless”

Depression affects about 1 million people in Australia each year.

Sadness is a normal human emotion, and all of us feel sad at times. But, if sadness happens too often, it can become depression. People with depression feel unhappy or sad and usually don’t enjoy many of the things they used to.

Depression is a serious condition. It often makes us feel hopeless and helpless, and can lead to suicidal thoughts.

When people are depressed they may have thoughts of hurting themselves or of ending their life. If you are having such thoughts please urgently contact Lifeline (ph. 13 11 14) or your GP.  If you require immediate assistance, dial 000. Remember, depression can be treated.

Recognising Depression

People with depression often experience three main types of symptoms: We believe it is essential that people learn to recognise their own symptoms of depression. This helps identify targets for treatment and also helps people who have recovered recognise early warning signs of a lapse. Please note that it is important that you see your doctor for a check-up to rule out other causes for these symptoms.

Physical Symptoms. Including: Feeling tired or exhausted, changes in sleep and appetite, reduced sexual interest, increase in physical health problems like pain, walking or moving more slowly.
Changes in behaviour. Including: Becoming more irritable, avoiding people and places, and avoiding things you used to enjoy doing or not getting the same pleasure from usual activities.
Unhelpful thoughts.Including: Excessive self-criticism and negative thoughts about yourself, feeling hopeless or helpless about yourself and the future, feeling sad, down, depressed, or blue, difficulty concentrating and poor attention, poor memory and forgetfulness, and thoughts that you would rather not be alive.

Hypnofit helps people understand their depression.

The Effect of Depression

Depression has a destructive impact on people’s lives and the lives of their families and communities. Symptoms of depression can lead to low self-esteem and feelings of hopelessness and helplessness. Depression not only affects the way people feel about themselves and about their future, but also affects their ability to work and study, and can impair their ability to maintain healthy and happy relationships.

When severe, depression often restricts what people do and when they do it. And, because of their symptoms, many people with depression don’t seek help from health professionals. They should.

Treatment for Depression

The good news is that depression is treatable. The best treatments involve learning about your symptoms, learning key skills for managing those symptoms, and gradually getting back into a healthy routine. Learning to beat depression can be challenging, particularly because depression often robs people of motivation, energy, and confidence. But we believe that people can successfully learn to overcome depression and get back to enjoying their lives.