Depression is a common complaint in rural communities, however, it is a treatable condition. Just about everyone suffers some sort of depression in his or her lifetime. The loss of a pet, the loss of a job or financial problems can lead to minor to moderate depression. Then there is the other type of depression…

This article is by Australia Counselling member and Sydney counsellor Sharon Chapman. What is depression? Depression is an illness generally described as a persistent low mood that continues for more than two weeks. It is a serious illness that affects up to 1 in 5 people and can have profound effects both on the sufferer…

From the moment a woman starts anticipating her delivery date, she desires to cuddle her bundle of joy in her arms. It is a natural accompaniment of motherhood to harbour feelings of unmatched love and thankfulness from the moment you hold your little wonder. A blend of joy, love and surprise overcomes you as you…

Depression is not governed by feelings of momentary sadness but in fact persistent spells of despair and hopelessness. Sufferers usually experience a lack of sleep and appetite, difficulty in concentration, loss of interest and libido and in extreme cases, suicidal thoughts. If this condition is left untreated you can put your health at the risk…

Depression in Australia is a slow poison that can have severe consequences on one’s health if left untreated. According to the findings of Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), every year 1 in every 5 Australians is likely to suffer from mental illness and 3 out of 100 develop a serious health issue. Despite depression being…

Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder characterised by “mood swings” that alternate between periods of elevated disposition (mania) and periods of depression.  It affects men and women equally, occurring more often in people who have relatives with this disorder.  The condition usually appears between the ages of 15-25. Bipolar disorder is also known as manic-depression…

Every year, almost 800,000 Australian adults experience depression.  The causes of depression are as varied as the people who suffer from this debilitating illness:  relationship conflicts, loss of a loved one, economic woes, health issues, eating disorders, social isolation, disappointment, fear, insecurity, abandonment, rejection, failure, emotional and physical abuse, substance abuse, workplace stress, and many…

Depression is a huge problem in Australia with the rates of people that suffer from this debilitating condition constantly increasing. Depression and anxiety often have their onset in the teenage years. This may be associated with loss of energy and social withdrawal but may also result in disruptive behaviours or substance use (drugs and alcohol). Depression…