Clinical depression is an illness that causes the sufferer to experience a low mood for long periods of time. Often described as ‘sadness that won’t go away’, it can be caused by biological factors such as low thyroid function, often combined with a high-risk personality and stress. Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses, affecting 6% of all adult Australians every year.
- Out of character moodiness
- Staying awake at night
- Loss of interest in things that are usually pleasurable
- Increased drug or alcohol use
- Withdrawing from friends and family
- Being unwilling to go to work or school
- Reckless behaviour
- Thoughts and actions slowing down
Treating depression usually involves a combination of medication and counselling or therapy from a psychologist or psychiatrist. Antidepressants are commonly used, depending on the individual. Having a strong support network is also essential for helping a person with depression get better.