3 things you need to know about depression

by rodney on February 24, 2014

cdThe death of Model and TV presenter Charlotte Dawson over the weekend has inspired more talk about depression. Charlotte had a very long and very public battle with depression and she’s not the only celebrity who has made their depression public.

Only a few weeks ago, Ian Thorpe was in the headlines after being readmitted to rehab for his battle with depression and TV presenter Jessica Rowe has also been open and public about her struggle with Post natal depression.

While it is a shame that depression only seems to get attention when a celebrity brings it into the open, the opportunity to start a conversation about depression is a good one.

In this article, I’m going to share with you 3 things you need to know about depression.

Depression can effect anyone

Depression can happen to anyone at any time. It doesn’t care about your socio economic status, your age, gender, job prospect, race, religion or health status. It’s a bit like the Terminator, it has no remorse and it cannot be reasoned with or bargained with.  Also, it doesn’t mean that those experiencing depression are weak.

Around 1 in 7 people will experience depression in their lifetime, so chances are you already know someone who is living with depression.

Depression can kill

Depression is one of the leading causes of suicide. On average, around 60% of suicides are depression related.  In Australia, over 2000 people die from suicide every year- that’s more than traffic accidents. For every suicide, there are 30 attempts, around 180 attempts per day.

Depression can also have an effect on other health related issues such as heart disease, cancer and kidney disease

There is help available

For people experiencing depression, there is help available. Counselling is a popular treatment option for depression.  In a private and safe environment, people can talk about and explore their feelings and develop skills and strategies to cope all while connecting 1 on 1 with another human being.  There are many counsellors in private practice who specialise in depression or there are organisations such as Lifeline and Beyond Blue who provide free telephone counselling.

Medication is also an effective treatment for depression, especially severe or chronic depression.  If you combine medication with health and lifestyle changes, this can greatly increase your ability to manage depression.

A good first step to take is to see your GP and discuss treatment options available to you.

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