Those experiencing depression often feel shame and embarrassment about their illness, but it is one of the most common health conditions affecting Australians today. According to Beyond Blue, one in seven Australians are likely to suffer from depression at some point in their lives. Depression is not always triggered by a traumatic life event and can seemingly ‘come out of nowhere’. Many people with depression chose to mask their symptoms and are unwilling to seek help, but professional support is key to improving health outcomes for those suffering.
Mary Magalotti on the Signs and Symptoms of Depression
The key indicator of depression is one feeling sadness for two or more weeks. There are also many other symptoms that are likely to be present, affecting both physical and mental health.
Emotional indicators include –
- Frequent or intense bouts of regret and guilt.
- Increased irritability and frustration.
- Low self-esteem and self-doubt.
- Trouble with concentration and motivation.
- Anxiety and worry.
Behavioural changes include –
- Difficulty leaving the house or getting out of bed.
- A lack of pleasure in previously enjoyed pastimes and activities.
- Struggling to cope with demands of work and study.
- Withdrawing from friends and family.
- Desire to abuse drugs and alcohol to lift mood.
Depression can include physical symptoms too –
- Exhaustion and fatigue throughout the day.
- Unexplained muscle and back pains.
- Problems with digestion and appetite.
- Insomnia or excessive sleeping.
Jodie Brenton and Mary Magalotti know that depression can affect anyone, at any time. That is why we have a team of professionals on hand to help you work through difficult circumstances and negative emotions. It is important to reach out and seek help if sadness, stress, or other feelings are overwhelming you.
Reach Out and Seek Support with Life Resolutions
Our Principal Psychologist, Mary Magalotti, and our CEO and Founder, Jodie Brenton, encourage you tocontact us here to learn about their life’s work. You can also head to the Life Resolutions website to see more of Jodie Brenton and Mary Magalotti’swork withLife Resolutions.