Things you need to know about depression


Depression – more than just feeling sad

People often say ‘I’m depressed!’ when they’re feeling a little bit down or sad. They might say things like ‘I’m so depressed the Socceroos are out of the World Cup!’ Or ‘I’m so depressed I don’t fit this dress anymore!’ But being depressed is not just a feeling of mild sadness that goes away fairly soon. In reality, it is much more pervasive and debilitating.

Feeling unsafe right now?

The most distressing and dangerous parts of depression are thoughts of self harm and suicide. If this is how you feel, you need to first keep yourself safe.

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What is depression?

What does depression feel like and how can it affect you? What causes depression? Get the facts. 

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What treatment is there?

Here you’ll find some information about the effective treatments we offer at the Northwest Psychology Practice

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New parents

Adjusting to a new baby is hard. Find out more about post-natal depression – what causes it and how we can help.

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Many women struggle with depression. If this is you, here’s some more information about what you may be experiencing and how to get help.

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It can be difficult for men with depression to get the help they need. Find out about the reasons for this and what you can do to feel better.

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Older people

For people in this age-group, often depression goes unrecognized.  Here’s some more information about what to look out for. 

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Depression is the most unpleasant thing I have ever experienced … It is that absence of being able to envisage that you will ever be cheerful again. The absence of hope. That very deadened feeling, which is so very different from feeling sad. Sad hurts but it’s a healthy feeling. It is a necessary thing to feel. Depression is very different.J.K. Rowling, 'The Times', June 2000

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