Depression

Depression

a hand holding a smartphone with the MedicineList+ app loaded

Find reliable independent health and treatment information about depression written by Australian experts. This includes resources for consumers and health professionals.

About depression

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.

Find out more about what depression is, how it is diagnosed, the treatment options and the lifestyle changes you can make to help yourself.

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.

Find out more

For health professionals  

Diagnosing severity of depression remains problematic for many GPs.1,2 Minor or mild depression should be treated by non-pharmacological means first, while moderate to severe depression requires both pharmacological and non-pharmacological measures.

Our CPD activities

Consolidate your knowledge on depression, brush up on current guidelines and practices and earn CPD points through our learning activities.

For your patients

Use the following resources in your patient consultations.

Refer your patients here for information about:

Clinical information

The information below uses the latest guidelines and evidence to help health professionals further understand the diagnosis and management of depression. It also includes resources to help educate patients and carers.

References
  1. Britt H, Miller GC, Charles J, et al. General practice activity in Australia 2010-2011. General practice series no.29. 2011. [Online] (accessed 17 May 2012).
  2. Harrison C, Charles J. Mental health. General practice in Australia, health priorities and polices 1998-2008. General practice series no 24. Cat No GEP 24. Canberra: AIHW, 2009. [Online] (accessed 17 May 2012).

Related information - depression

Audience:
       

(Medicine)
02 Nov 2016 Find out about Desvenlafaxine Sandoz Extended release tablets. Plus information and tips on how to use medicines wisely and safely.
(Medicine)
02 Nov 2016 Find out about Blooms the Chemist Fluoxetine Capsules. Plus information and tips on how to use medicines wisely and safely.
(Medicine)
02 Nov 2016 Find out about Blooms the Chemist Escitalopram Tablets. Plus information and tips on how to use medicines wisely and safely.
(Medicine)
02 Nov 2016 Find out about GenRx Sertraline Tablets. Plus information and tips on how to use medicines wisely and safely.
(Medicine)
02 Nov 2016 Find out about Dytrex Capsules. Plus information and tips on how to use medicines wisely and safely.
(Medicine)
02 Nov 2016 Terry White Chemists Duloxetine Capsules is a brand of medicine. Find out about side effects, who can and who shouldn’t use Terry White Chemists Duloxetine Capsules by reading the latest Australian consumer medicine information. See our tips on how to use medicines wisely and safely.
(Medicine)
02 Nov 2016 Mirtazapine Sandoz Tablets is a brand of medicine containing the active ingredient mirtazapine. Find out about side effects, who can take it and who shouldn’t use Mirtazapine Sandoz Tablets by reading the latest Australian consumer medicine information, plus tips on how to use medicines wisely and safely.
(Medicine)
02 Nov 2016 Zactin Capsules is a brand of medicine. Find out about side effects, who can and who shouldn’t use Zactin Capsules by reading the latest Australian consumer medicine information. See our tips on how to use medicines wisely and safely.
(Medicine)
02 Nov 2016 Chemmart Duloxetine Capsules is a brand of medicine. Find out about side effects, who can and who shouldn’t use Chemmart Duloxetine Capsules by reading the latest Australian consumer medicine information. See our tips on how to use medicines wisely and safely.
(Medicine)
02 Nov 2016 APO-Duloxetine Capsules is a brand of medicine. Find out about side effects, who can and who shouldn’t use APO-Duloxetine Capsules by reading the latest Australian consumer medicine information. See our tips on how to use medicines wisely and safely.