Depression is a mood state that is characterised by significantly low mood, loss of interest in pleasure/activities that are normally enjoyable, low energy, problems with memory & concentration, reduced self-confidence/self-esteem, pessimism regarding the future, thoughts or acts of self-harm or suicide, disturbed sleep & appetite, decreased libido and feelings of guilt & worthlessness. When this mood is present most of the time for at least two consecutive weeks it is usually described as a ‘major depressive episode’. A major depressive episode may range in its severity (e.g. mild, moderate, severe).
Some anxiety is a normal part of life. However, anxiety becomes problematic when it begins to interfere with daily living. Anxiety disorders are characterised by persistent and excessive worrying and fear. It encompasses a range of conditions including Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Social Phobia, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Specific Phobias, and Post-traumatic Stress disorder.
Post traumatic stress disorder
(PTSD) refers to the development of various distressing symptoms following exposure to one or more traumatic events. A traumatic event involves direct exposure to actual or threatened death, serious injury, abuse, accidents, natural disasters, war etc.
Joyce kept pushing her grief down.
Joyce has experience many losses, 4 through ectopic pregnancies, 3 miscarriages and 6 babies though IVF, she just kept pushing her grief down she didn’t know she was allowed to grieve or how to grieve.
“I didn’t know I had the right to grieve.”
Cat shares how she didn’t know she had the right to grieve after the loss of her 2 children through abortion. She shares how it impacted her life and relationship with her other children.
Black Dog Institute: www.blackdoginstitute.org.au
Anxiety Disorders: www.anxietyonline.org.au
Lifeline – 131 114
SARC – 9340 1828 or 1800 199 008
Suicide Call Back Service – 1300 555 788
Mental Health Emergency Response Line – 9224 8888 or 1300 555 788
Health Direct 1800 022 222
Kids Help Line 1800 551 800
Mensline Australia 1300 789 978