The word "depression" is used to describe everyday feelings of low mood which can affect us all from time to time. Feeling sad or fed up is a normal reaction to experiences that are upsetting, stressful or difficult. These feelings will usually pass over time, but they can often be treated as well, which may help you feel better faster.

Depression is very common. Around one million Australian adults and 100,000 young people live with depression each year. On average, one in five people will experience depression in their lifetime—one in four females and one in six males.

Unfortunately, if you suffer from an episode of depression, you will likely suffer again at some point(s) in your life. Luckily, you can learn to recognize your symptoms of depression and take steps to help to keep the depression from worsening. These steps may include developing healthy habits, using alternative therapies and/or seeking medical help.

Treating depression is important because it affects you, your family and your work. Most people with depression never seek help, although the majority of people who suffer from depression will benefit from some form(s) of treatment.

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