Depression, anxiety and other forms of mental illness affect many people. One in five people will suffer depression at some point in their life. The statistics don’t necessarily help you just now. However, what this means is that there are treatments, there is support, there are other people who do understand and who know what you are going through. YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
Depression and other mental illnesses are serious. They can be painful, debilitating, distressing and even life threatening. If you are feeling distressed, concerned or in pain, SEEK HELP.
For many of us the first step is understanding that we have a problem and that it might have a name and therefore a pathway for treatment and recovery.
The symptoms of depression are many. If you are suffering depression, you may be experiencing:
- Moodiness that is out of character.
- Increased irritation & frustration.
- Feelings of intense sadness.
- Feeling guilty out of proportion.
- Finding it hard to take minor criticisms.
- Spending less time with family and friends.
- Loss of interest in food, sex, exercise or other pleasurable activities.
- Being awake throughout the night.
- Increased alcohol & drug use.
- Staying home from work or school.
- Increased physical health problems like fatigue or pain.
- Being reckless or taking unnecessary risks (dangerous driving or excessive gambling).
If some of these symptoms have lasted more than two weeks, you may be suffering from depression and you really should seek help.
There are many resources to help you identify what is going on and how to take the next steps.
Rural mental health information
1300 131 114
Wagga Wagga Mental Health
02 5943 1700