Tackling depression in tough times
It’s important to note that stress is not depression. However, acute distress,
associated with tough times, can occur and may be a risk factor for depression
if it persists.
Stress Busters – Helpful Hints
• Avoid isolation – spend time with
friends and family.
• Persistent feelings of sadness
• Find positive ways to “let off
steam”. Don’t bottle up feelings.
• Try to eat well and get enough rest.
• Reduce caffeine, nicotine, alcohol
• Exercise every day. It improves
• Identify what is important and
prioritise. Learn to say “no”.
Depression is not a weakness, it’s a
serious condition for which effective
treatments are available – medical,
non-medical or a combination of both.
If you or someone you know has
some of these common symptoms of
depression and they’ve persisted for
more than two weeks, please consult
a doctor or other health professional.
• Feelings of failure, worthlessness
• Feeling overwhelmed
• Loss of interest or pleasure
• Withdrawal from family and friends
• Frequent anger or frustration
• Lack of confidence
• Poor concentration or
• Sleeping problems
• Feeling sick and rundown
• Changes in appetite
• Overuse or reliance on alcohol,
prescribed or illicit drugs
With the right treatment, recovery
from depression is common.
For more information on depression,
treatments and where to get help
or call 1300 22 4636 (local call).