Depression

Depression

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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.

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For your patients

Use the following resources in your patient consultations.

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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).

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