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Depression comes in all shapes and sizes

There is no doubt depression comes in all shapes and sizes and sometimes in waves. It is important to be aware of your feelings and some of the signs so you can seek help if you are feeling out of the ordinary. Some signs could be not wanting to get out of bed, not showering, canceling appointments, professional and social, and not being interested in collecting the mail. It really is not uncommon, in fact, 1 in 6 Australians will experience depression in their lifetime.

Depression can be triggered by upsetting and frustrating life events and can get worse if you try to self-medicate with drugs and alcohol. A common feature of a depressive illness is not feeling any sense of hope about life, that nothing is going to get better. This is a very debilitating state, so it’s important to try and take steps to get better. If you can’t drive to the doctor perhaps there is a friend or family member who could take you. This is an important first step.

The good news

The good news is depression is very treatable and there are a range of natural remedies and medications that can help depending on the severity. Having a nice hot shower or bath, walking barefoot in the grass, being in nature, walks at the beach, cooking your favourite meal, or playing some music, reading a book or watching some TV shows or movies. Most people have a few things that can bring them joy. Once you get some energy back try to participate in these types of activities.

The medications available help to neutralise feelings of hopelessness so you can start to get back on your feet as well.

Download Factsheets

Lifeline has developed a range of factsheets to provide you with information and assistance during challenging times. Browse by topic and download a fact sheet that may be helpful for your situation

Lifeline Self Support Toolkit

Lifeline has also developed a library of tools, techniques and information to help you:

  • Understand what you’re going through 
  • Learn ways to self-manage through evidence-based tools and techniques
  • Access support, should you need i

Remember Lifeline North Coast are part of your local support system. We are here for you.

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