Recognising signs key to treating depression

LOOK AROUND: Knowing where and when to seek help is a key step in taking control with issues of mental illness.More than one million people in live with depression each year and on average one in five women and one in eight men will experience depression in their lifetime.

Theseharrowing figures have been released by Beyondblue, an organisation dedicated to promoting mental health.

While those figures are confronting the good news is that depression is treatable.

There are a range of effective treatments available.

But how do you know if it’s depression or if you’re just feeling off?

Everyone feels sad or moody from time to time but depression is a serious condition.

The “low mood” will last for weeks, months or even years.

If you’ve lost interest in things you normally enjoy and have felt sad or low for a week or more you should seek help.

Speak to your doctor if you think you may be suffering from depression.

The sooner you get treatment the greater chance of a quick recovery.

For more information on depression or other mental health issues go to the Beyondblue website or talk to your doctor.}

Common symptoms of depressionBehaviour:

Not going out anymoreNot getting things done at work or schoolWithdrawing from close family and friendsRelying on alcohol and sedativesThoughts:

“I’m a failure.”“It’s my fault.”“Nothing good ever happens to me.”“I’m worthless.”“Life’s not worth living.”Physical:

Tired all the timeSick and run downHeadaches and muscle painsChurning gutSleep problemsFeelings:

OverwhelmedGuiltyIrritableFrustratedLacking in confidenceUnhappySeek assistanceA sensible place to go if you suspect that you, or that someone in your care, may have any mental health issue is your GP.

If it can be diagnosed then it can at least be managed, and hopefully treated as well.

There are also numerous organisations you can call.

Lifeline: 13 11 14

Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467

Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800

MensLine : 1300 78 99 78

Headspace: (02) 6923 3170

Beyondblue: 1300 22 4636

Mental Health Line: 1800 011 511}