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Depression. Signs this might be a problem… you’ve been feeling sad or crap for a while you’re under a lot of stress you don’t have any energy you feel worthless What is depression?

Depression

People often use the word depression when they are talking about moments or phases when they’re feeling sad or down. But more officially, depression is a name for a range of different conditions. These include conditions where someone feels a sadness that is more severe than normal, lasts longer than two weeks and interferes with how they cope with everyday life. Clinical depression (also known as non-melancholic depression and major depression) is the most common type of depression and it affects one in four females and one in six males over their lifetime. Black Dog Institute - Home - Black Dog Institute.

Home. Beyondblue - Home. Headspace - Australia’s National Youth Mental Health Foundation. Does your diet affect your mental health? - Health & Wellbeing. A: Studies have found an association between diet and certain mental health conditions, but there are still many questions about the links between the two.

Does your diet affect your mental health? - Health & Wellbeing

Our expert: Professor Felice Jacka [Image source: iStockPhoto | slava_b] It's often said 'you are what you eat'. The links between our diet and our physical health are well established. But what role does your diet play when it comes to your mental health? You know what it's like when you treat yourself with something sugary or fatty to pep yourself up when you're feeling low.

But does this mean a poor diet will affect your mental health? Associate Professor Felice Jacka, principal research fellow at Deakin University, says many studies worldwide have shown that there's a link between diet and mental health. What's not clear is whether your diet affects your mental health or if it's your mental health that affects your food choices.

The science so far "We've seen this in adults, older adults and right across countries. " Food on the brain. Suicide: it's about more than mental illness - Health & Wellbeing. By Bianca Nogrady When it comes to suicide there are usually more questions than answers, especially when there have been no outward signs - such as a mental illness - to suggest that someone is at risk.

Suicide: it's about more than mental illness - Health & Wellbeing

[Image source: ABC TV] What drives people to suicide? It's a question posed by those who have lost someone they love to suicide, as well as the clinicians, policy makers and others who are working in the field of suicide prevention. Yet a growing body of research is starting to deliver answers to the question that anyone who has ever been connected to a suicide asks themselves over and over again; 'how could this have happened? ' Suicide is a complex behaviour. "One of the more common theories about suicide is that it's a combination of mental illness or depression, and opportunity or capability," says Professor Helen Christensen, director of the Black Dog Institute, and chair of the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention.

Diagnosing capability Understanding triggers. Depression's many shades of blue - Health & Wellbeing. By Bianca Nogrady Understanding the different types of depression is essential to ensuring those with symptoms get the treatment they need, many experts argue.

Depression's many shades of blue - Health & Wellbeing

[Image source: stock.xchng/Nihan Aydi] When it comes to depression there is no single, one-size-fits-all entity. It comes in many different shades of severity, of symptoms and of causes. As a result many psychiatrists now argue that it is helpful to understand major depression not as a single condition, but as different sub-types. Non-melancholic depression Non-melancholic depression refers to depression that is primarily psychological, rather than biological. It is sometimes called 'reactive' depression because it develops in response to a stressful life event, such as the death of a loved one, divorce or job loss, or ongoing stressors that have a negative effect on someone's self-esteem. Of those people who go to their doctor with depression, 90 per cent of cases fit into this category. Does depression always make people sad? - Health & Wellbeing. By Cassie White It's often assumed that depression and sadness go hand in hand.

Does depression always make people sad? - Health & Wellbeing

But could someone be struggling with depression and not appear to be sad? [Image source: iStockPhoto | Jesse Therrien] We all feel sad at times. Whether we've experienced a traumatic event, are having trouble with our relationship or just had a bad day at work, sadness is a normal human emotion. What is good mental health? - Health & Wellbeing. By ABC Health & Wellbeing Much of the conversation about mental health focuses on mental illness.

What is good mental health? - Health & Wellbeing

But there's more to mental wellbeing than simply being without mental illness. [Image source: iStockPhoto] Think of mental health and a list of mental illness often springs to mind – there's depression and anxiety, eating disorders and addictions, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder to name just a few. Efforts to raise awareness of mental illness mean most of us are now somewhat familiar with the more common mental disorders, even if we've never had the personal experience of one.

But in recent years, both researchers and clinicians have been moving away from viewing mental health in terms of the presence or absence of symptoms. According to Tim Sharp, founder and Chief Happiness Officer at The Happiness Institute, the shift has been an important one.