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Depression

Depression is a mood disorder. Emotional states like sadness, ‘feeling blue’ or tearfulness are part of normal human experience, but are generally milder, short lived or occur in response to sad or stressful events in our lives. Clinical depression is called Major Depression and is characterised by the presence for at least two weeks of symptoms such as depressed mood, diminished interest and pleasure in most activities, change in appetite and weight (these can be increased or decreased) sleep disturbance, fatigue, bodily symptoms (headache, backache etc) poor concentration, feelings of anxiousness, worthlessness, hopelessness, guilt; progressing at times to feelings of life being not worthwhile or futile, and suicidal ideation. Severe depression can progress to psychosis.

Depression is commonly associated with anxiety disorders and substance abuse and/or dependence disorders.

Depression is a common disorder and about 10-20 % of the population in New Zealand will suffer from depression during their lifetime. 
 
Treatment
Once depression has been diagnosed by your GP/Psychiatrist, it can be effectively treated by:
  • Antidepressant medication
  • Psychological interventions e.g. counselling (various types) and psychotherapy (talking therapy which is of various types).
 
What is Depression (English language): Mental Health Foundation of NZ

Depression. There is a way Through it. Information for you, and for family, whanau, friends and support networks (English language): Mental Health Foundation of NZ

Depression Te Reo (Maori language): Mental Health Foundation of NZ

Depression in Childhood and Adolescence (English language): Mental Health Foundation of NZ

Depression in Childhood and Adolescence (Maori language): Mental Health Foundation of NZ 

Postnatal Depression. Getting the Support you Need (English language): Mental Health Foundation of NZ

Postnatal Depresion Te Reo (Maori language): Mental Health Foundation of NZ

Men and Depression (English language): Mental Health Foundation of NZ

Late Life Depression (English language): Mental Health Foundation of NZ

This page was last updated at 1:54PM on November 5, 2014. This information is reviewed and edited by Depression.