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 and concentration, reduced self-confidence/self-esteem, pessimism regarding the future, thoughts or acts of self-harm or suicide, disturbed sleep and 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.
Joyce kept pushing her grief down.
Joyce has experienced many losses—4 through ectopic pregnancies, 3 miscarriages and 6 babies through IVF, but she just kept suppressing her grief and didn't know how or if she should grieve.
“I didn’t know I had the right to grieve.”
Cat shares how she didn’t know that 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.
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 97