Am I Depressed?

If you think that you, or someone you know, may have depression, there is a quick, easy and confidential checklist you can complete to give you more insight. The checklist will not provide a diagnosis – for that you please consult a health professional.

Depression can affect anyone. The first step is getting the facts. Depression is defined a feeling of low mood that is more severe than normal, lasts longer than two weeks and interferes with how you cope with everyday life. (Reachout.com)

The World Health Organisation estimates that depression will be the number one health concern in both the developed and developing nations by 2030. Suicide remains the leading cause of death for all Australians between 15 and 34 years of age. As a community we can all have a positive impact on these grave statistics. (ABS Suicides, Australia, 2010)

Depression Symptoms

A person may be depressed if, for more than two weeks, he or she has felt sad, down or miserable most of the time or has lost interest or pleasure in usual activities, and has also experienced several of the signs and symptoms across at least three of the categories below.

It’s important to note that everyone experiences some of these symptoms from time to time and it may not necessarily mean a person is depressed. Equally, not every person who is experiencing depression will have all of these symptoms.

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  • Not going out anymore
  • Not getting things done
  • Withdrawing from family and friends
  • Not doing usual enjoyable activities
  • Unable to concentrate

  • Overwhelmed
  • Guilty
  • Irritable/frustrated
  • Lacking in confidence
  • Unhappy/disappointed
  • Miserable/sad
  • Indecisive

  • ‘I’m a failure.’
  • ‘It’s my fault.’
  • ‘Nothing good ever happens to me.’
  • ‘I’m worthless.’
  • ‘Life’s not worth living.’
  • ‘People would be better off without me.‘

  • Tired all the time
  • Sick and run down
  • Headaches, muscle pains
  • Churning gut
  • Sleep problems
  • Change of appetite
  • Weight loss or gain

How can I cope?

Anxiety Symptoms

Anxiety is characterised by persistent worry and fear about major or minor concerns. Anxiety can have a huge impact on your daily life but with the right support, tools and information it can also be managed. The symptoms of anxiety are sometimes not all that obvious as they often develop gradually and, given that we all experience some anxiety at some points in time, it can be hard to know how much is too much.

These are just some of a number of symptoms that may be experienced. If you are familiar with any of these symptoms, check the more extensive list of symptoms common to the different types of anxiety disorders below. They are not designed to provide a diagnosis – for that you need to see a doctor – but they can be used as a guide.

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  • Hot and cold flushes
  • Snowballing worries
  • Racing heart
  • Tightening of the chest
  • Obsessive thinking and compulsive behaviour
How can I cope?

I struggled to accept I had a mental illness and I then also struggled to find the support I desperately needed. My experience made me determined that no one else would have to struggle the way I did.

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