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Depression affects a staggering amount of Australians per year; one in four women and one in six men will experience an episode of clinical depression during their lifetime, and an estimated 6 per cent of Australian adults are affected by a depressive illness. Life Factors That May Contribute to Depression As BeyondBlue states, Depression can be brought on by many different factors in your life, such as:

  • Continuing life difficulties, such as; long term unemployment, living within an abusive or uncaring relationship, long term isolation or loneliness, prolonged exposure to stress at work
  • Recent life events e.g. loss of job or relationship
  • A combination of events may trigger depression.
  • Personal factors, such as; family history, personality (especially if people are worrisome, possess low self esteem, are self critical and negative or sensitive to personal criticism), serious medical illness, and drug and alcohol use.

Common Symptoms of Depression Depression can display itself in a number of ways, of which sufferers may exhibit some, or all of the symptoms. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Feeling sad, down, or miserable for more than two weeks
  • Feeling fatigued
  • Having issues sleeping or sleeping a lot
  • Gaining or losing a significant amount of weight
  • Loss of motivation, along with loss of interest/pleasure in usual activities
  • Withdrawal from life in general
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Increased use of drugs and alcohol
  • Feeling guilty, irritable, sad, indecisive, worthless

 

Please note: everyone is different, and it’s important to understand that while the cause of depression may not always be identified, and while difficult circumstances cannot be changed, recognising the symptoms and seeking help can be of great benefit, rather than suffering in silence. If your symptoms include suicide ideation, please seek help NOW! (Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, phone: 13 11 14 if it is outside of our counselling hours). Contact us now if you’re ready to talk to someone.