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Depression

Most people may feel sad, moody or low sometimes but some people experience these feelings intensely, for most of the day, for more than two weeks and even months or years, and sometimes without any apparent reason.

What are the symptoms

Sad or no joy?

You may be clinically depressed if you have have felt sad, down, miserable or have lost interest or pleasure in usual activities most of the time for more than two weeks and have also experienced several of the signs and symptoms across at least three of the categories mentioned below.
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Behaviour

  • Not going out anymore
  • Not getting things done at work/school
  • Withdrawing from close family and friends
  • Relying on alcohol and sedatives
  • Not doing usual enjoyable activities
  • Unable to concentrate
Feelings
  • Overwhelmed
  • Guilty
  • Irritable
  • Frustrated
  • Lacking in confidence
  • Unhappy
  • Indecisive
  • Disappointed
  • Miserable
  • Sad

Thoughts

  • “I’m a failure”
  • “It’s my fault”
  • “Nothing good ever happens to me”
  • “I’m worthless”
  • “Life’s not worth living”
  • “People would be better off without me”

Physical

  • Tired all the time
  • Sick and run down
  • Headaches and muscle pains
  • Nausea
  • Sleep problems
  • Loss or change of appetite
  • Significant weight loss
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What are the warning signs

  • A sense of hopelessness or no hope for the future.
  • Isolation or feeling alone – “No one understands me”.
  • Aggressiveness and irritability – “Leave me alone”.
  • Possessing lethal means – medication, weapons.
  • Negative view of self – “I am worthless”.
  • Drastic changes in mood and behaviour.
  • Frequently talking about death – “If I died would you miss me?”.
  • Self-harming behaviours like cutting.
  • Engaging in ‘risky’ behaviours – “I’ll try anything, I’m not afraid to die”.
  • Making funeral arrangements.
  • Giving things away (clothes, expensive gifts) – “When I am gone, I want you to have this”.
  • Substance abuse.
  • Feeling like a burden to others – “You would be better off without me”.
  • Making suicide threats – “Sometimes I feel like I just want to die”.

Facts about suicide

Did you know…

  • When depression persists, it is common to experience suicidal thoughts.
  • 8.3 deaths in 2015 were from suicide (HIMH, 2015).
  • Suicide risk is rarely assessed (World Health Organisation, 2014)
  • There is one death from suicide every 40 seconds (World Health Organisation, 2014) and suicide attempts are 10 to 20 times higher (ASSIP, Michel, 2015).
  • Suicide is the leading cause of death for Australians aged between 15 and 44, with around 3,000 people dying by suicide every year.
  • For every suicide, there are tragic ripple effects for friends, families and colleagues.

If you are experiencing thoughts about ending your life, and think you will do it, then tell someone you know or call 000 or Mental Health Intake 1800 011 511 or Lifeline 131 114 immediately.

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Useful crisis numbers:

  • Lifeline – 131 114
  • Mental Health Intake Line – 1800 011 511
  • Suicide Call Back Service – 1300 659 467
  • Open Arms (24/7) – 1800 011 046
  • Beyond Blue Support Service – 1300 22 4636

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