Depression symptoms? Find Support

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Depression is a common mental health disorder and concern, affecting 5% of adults globally according to The World Health Organisation (WHO). The good news is you don’t have to battle it alone. Many helpful resources and services are available right in your area, including BUSY Health who offer a range of psychology and counselling services for people experiencing depression.

Why seeking help for depression is a vital first step to improving your overall health and wellbeing.

Historically, there has been a lot of stigma surrounding mental health but with increased community education we are now aware of the importance of seeking support There are valuable and accessible services in Australia that can help you get started on the road to improving your wellbeing including:

  • Your General Practitioner (GP): Your GP can offer help by referring you to a mental health professional. You may also be able to access up to ten (10) sessions with a psychologist or a mental health accredited social worker per year, covered by Medicare.
  • Allied Health Practitioners: There are a multitude of allied health practitioners including psychologists, counsellors, social workers and occupational therapists who provide tailored therapy approaches for various mental health concerns, including depression. Organisations like BUSY Health can offer psychology and counselling support for persons experiencing depression.
  • Acute Care Centres: If you’re experiencing acute mental health crisis and requiring immediate care, many local areas will have an acute care service, sometime based out of hospitals that are equipped to help. Online Resources: Websites like Beyond Blue, Headspace (for young people), and Lifeline , offer valuable information, support groups, and online tools for managing mental health.

Remember: You are not alone. Numerous resources are available to help you navigate depression and get your well-being back on track. Taking care of your mental health is just as important as your physical health.

Understanding Depression

Depression is a common mental health concern. As opposed to general sadness in response to a life event, depression can make you feel down all the time. Some common symptoms include lose of interest in the things you used to enjoy and have trouble with sleeping or eating. Depression can significantly impact your daily life and your relationships.

Causes of Depression

Depression can arise from a multitude of biological, psychological, and social factors. Genetics, brain chemistry, life events, chronic stress, and medical conditions can all contribute to its development.

Symptoms of Depression

  • Feeling sad or hopeless most of the day, nearly every day
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities you once enjoyed
  • Significant changes in weight or appetite
  • Difficulty sleeping or oversleeping
  • Restlessness or feeling slowed down
  • Fatigue or loss of energy
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
  • Difficulty thinking, concentrating, or making decisions
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

Am I depressed?

While these symptoms can overlap with other conditions, experiencing several of them for an extended period could indicate depression. Seeking professional help from a qualified mental health practitioner is crucial for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

Helping Someone with Depression

If you’re worried about someone you love who might be depressed, show them that you are there to support them. The most valuable thing you can do is encourage them to get help from a professional.

Be a patient listener, validate their feelings, and help them connect with mental health resources. Remember, you cannot support them alone and their best chance of recovery is by seeking support from a mental health professional. Find support through BUSY Health Psychology and Counselling services.

FAQs

Q: Where can I find mental health support services near me?

A: Your general practitioner (GP), mental health specialists (including BUSY Health who offer psychology and counselling services), hospitals, and online resources like Beyond Blue, Headspace, and Lifeline.

Q: What are the signs and symptoms of depression?

A: Depression can manifest in various ways, but some common symptoms include:

  • Feeling sad or hopeless most of the day
  • Loss of interest in activities you used to enjoy
  • Significant changes in weight or appetite
  • Difficulty sleeping or over sleeping
  • Restlessness or feeling slowed down
  • Fatigue or loss of energy
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
  • Difficulty thinking, concentrating, or making decisions
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

If you experience several of these symptoms for an extended period, it’s crucial to seek professional help for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.

Q: Is getting help for depression a sign of weakness?

A: Absolutely not! Asking for help when you’re struggling with your mental health is a sign of strength and courage. It takes courage to recognise you need support and take action to improve your well-being.

Q: What are some good online resources for managing mental health?

A: Several valuable online resources can provide information, support groups, and tools for managing mental health, including:

These websites offer valuable information, practical tools, and connections to helpful communities.

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