It is common to experience some of these signs or symptoms at different moments in life. Still, if these feelings of sadness and hopelessness persist for more extended periods (at least 2 weeks), it may be clinical depression. Without support, dealing with these difficult feelings can be incredibly overwhelming and lead to burnout and emotional exhaustion.
Depression, a common mental health condition, affects 1 in 7 Australians aged 16 – 85 years1. It comes in different shapes and forms and won’t look the same for everyone ranging from mild to moderate to severe with brief periods or persistent chronic depressive periods. It may be caused by genetics, the brain’s biology, coping styles, or stressful life events.
Getting help early to manage these difficult symptoms is the most effective way to deal with the challenges that depression brings to a person’s life, especially their day-to-day functioning, such as managing work/study, relationships with family and friends, and overall emotional and physical wellbeing.
1 Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). (2007). National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing: Summary of Results, 2007. Canberra: Author