Everyone remembers the grumpy Eeyore character from the Winnie the Pooh stories – permanently pessimistic and negative no matter what adventure happened to be going on. If cartoon characters could be diagnosed, Eeyore would probably have some form of depression, maybe even the “milder” form of depression, Dysthymia. What is dysthymia? Dysthymia is a very…

by Australia Counselling founder, Clinton Power The tragic death of Charlotte Dawson this week has highlighted how fragile life can be for someone that battles depression. Charlotte Dawson was a well regarded Australian television personality and former model. She was also outspoken on social media and had been on the receiving end of attacks from internet…

Discrimination against people with mental health issues in the workplace still occurs. And Megan Barrow knows, because she has dealt with depression and anxiety  throughout her life and was on the receiving end of workplace discrimination as she was dealing with these mental health issues. Megan is now passionate about raising the profile for mental health issues in Australia…

Depression in Australian children is becoming an increasingly pressing problem. In the past 20 years, depressive disorders in children have increased with the rate of 20% per year. In the age group of 4-17, 14% of Australian children and adolescents suffer from depression according to a survey by the Australia and New Zealand Journal of…

The Gillard Government and beyondblue have teamed up in an unconventional new mental health campaign called “Man Therapy” designed to battle depression and anxiety in Aussie men. Minister for Mental Health Mark Butler launched the humorous campaign alongside beyondblue Chairman Jeff Kennett, both of whom were overshadowed by the cult figure of Dr Brian Ironwood…

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…