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7 symptoms of depression to look out for

September 17, 2012

What is depression?  It’s not just an attack of the blues, or feeling down on occasion.  It’s a persistent feeling of very low mood that lasts for two weeks or more.

Depression in Australia affects more than a million people each year, yet it is still thought of as an invisible illness.  There is no definitive depression test, but here are seven common symptoms of depression that you should look out for:

  1. Have you lost interest or pleasure in activities you once enjoyed?
  2. Are you less able to control your emotions?
  3. Are you feeling guilty, worthless, or plagued by negative thoughts?
  4. Do you feel tired all the time, or have sleep problems?
  5. Do you find it difficult to concentrate or make decisions?
  6. Do you feel overwhelmingly sad or empty all the time?
  7. Are you often thinking about death or suicide?

Of these symptoms, number 7 is the most concerning.  If you are feeling suicidal, you can seek immediate help in Australia by calling Lifeline on 13 11 14 – they are open 24 hours.

There is no magic depression cure, but there is a way through it.  Counselling plays a vital role in assisting you to overcome depression, manage symptoms and lead a happy and fulfilling life.

Call Life Resolutions today on 1300 668 256 to find out how our qualified psychologists can help you or a loved one with depression, or use the email contact form on our website.

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