Depression is a common problem, so if you are depressed you are not alone. About 1 in 25 Australians meet the criteria for depression each year.
If you feel life is not worth living, you need to get help immediately by talking to your doctor, calling a friend or family member, or calling a helpline.
For health professionals
Depression is among the chronic problems most frequently seen by Australian general practitioners.
The NPS program Depression — challenges in primary care covers current guidance for health professionals on managing depression, including:
- how to establish a diagnosis and assess severity of depression, to guide treatment
- when to prescribe an antidepressant
- which antidepressant to choose and how long to treat
- when non-drug treatment options are first-line therapy or complementary to pharmacotherapy.