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Depression

09 Feb 2012
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OVERVIEW

Depression is an illness that changes the brain's functioning, causing an individual to feel down for weeks or months at a time.

Causes

Causes of depression can include:

  • Stressful/traumatic events
  • Life changes
  • Personality
  • Illness
  • Family history
  • Alcohol and drugs
  • Having a baby (postnatal depression)
  • Hormonal changes
  • Loneliness

 

Symptoms
  • Feelings of sadness and hopelessness
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Feeling tired all the time
  • Irritability
  • Dissatisfaction
  • Guilt
  • Anxiety
  • Loss of interest in things you once enjoyed
  • Loss of appetite or overeating

 

Treatment

Treatment for depression may include:

  • Exercise
  • Therapy
  • Antidepressants

 

If you have any of the above symptoms, consult your general practitioner or call the Depression Helpline on 0800 111 757.

 

VIDEOS

 


Video: Depression – there is a way through it

 

 


Video: Understanding Depression

 

 


Video: Depression Explained

 

RESOURCES & SUPPORT

Local

Ministry of Health – Depression
Depression Journal Programme – with John Kirwan
Teenagers: The Lowdown
Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand
Health Navigator – Depression

 

International

BestHealth – Depression

 

RESEARCH

British Medical Journal
Journal of the American Medical Association
The Lancet

FORUMS

Takethislife.com – Depression Forum
Pscyhforums.com – Depression

 

 

DISCLAIMER
The information above is of a general nature and is designed to provide you with an overview of the topic, with links to local and international resources that may be of interest.  We do our best to ensure that this information is accurate and up to date.

You should always, however, seek specific professional medical advice, treatment and care appropriate to you, and as such we strongly recommend you consult with your general practitioner first.

 

 

Updated April 2012