Does depression have you feeling down?1
Depression is a common medical condition that affects 1 in 15 adults in any given year. It negatively affects how you feel, the way you think, and how you act. Fortunately, it can be treated.1
What are the symptoms of depression?2
You may experience physical symptoms or behavioural changes like2:
- Low energy or feeling very tired (fatigue) for long periods of time
- Difficulty in concentrating or making decisions
- Pain, aches, cramps or tummy problems
- Changes to your appetite or weight
- Difficulty sleeping, waking early, or oversleeping
You may also be affected by emotional symptoms like2:
- Loss of interest or no longer finding pleasure in activities or hobbies
- Ongoing feelings of sadness, anxiety, or emptiness
- Feeling hopeless or pessimistic
- Feeling guilty, worthless or helpless
- Thoughts of death or suicide
- Suicide attempts
It is common for many people to experience symptoms of anxiety along with their depression.3
You can find out more about the symptoms of depression by downloading the Tips for thriving in the midst of anxiety and depression leaflet.
How is depression diagnosed and treated?1,2
You should talk to your doctor if your symptoms last for 2 or more weeks. You know best what feels normal for you. If you start experiencing feelings or show behaviours that you think are outside of your normal, then this might be a sign to get help from a healthcare provider like your doctor.2
Treatment usually involves a combination of therapies, medication and lifestyle changes individualised to suit your needs.2
As many as 8 out of 10 people with depression may eventually respond well to treatment or experience some relief from their symptoms.1
Coping with depression4
There are many actions you can take to manage your symptoms like exercise, relaxation techniques and adjusting your diet.4
You can find more information to help you deal with your symptoms and take charge of your life by downloading the Tips for thriving in the midst of anxiety and depression leaflet.
- Parekh R. What is Depression? January 2017. American Psychiatric Association. Available online at https://www.psychiatry.org/patientsfamilies/depression/what-is-depression. [Accessed 19 July 2020].
- Holland K. Depression and Anxiety: How to Identify and Treat Coexisting Symptoms. 20 June 2018. Healthline. Available online at https://www.healthline.com/health/mental-health/depression-and-anxiety. [Accessed 16 July 2020].
- Möller H-J, Bandelow B, Volz H-P et al. The relevance of ‘mixed anxiety and depression’ as a diagnostic category in clinical practice. Eur Arch Psychiatry Clin Neurosci 2016;266:725-736.
- Robinson KM. What to Do When Depression and Anxiety Mix. WebMD. Available online at https://www.webmd.com/depression/features/anxietydepression-mix#1. [Accessed 16 July 2020].