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Feeling sad or down is normal and not an illness. But if you feel sad, low or down for a long time, and you stop enjoying things like you used to, it can start to interfere with your work and relationships, and get in the way of you living your life. It’s like your mind has got stuck in this low state — a depressive illness.

If you feel like this, talk to your doctor. Depression is one of the most common mental conditions in the world — it’s not shameful, just an illness. And like any illness, it can be treated.

What you can do

Your doctor is the best place to start. They can help you understand what’s happening, give you an initial diagnosis, and start some treatments to help. They may also work with you on a mental health care plan, prescribe appropriate medicine and refer you to a therapist for subsidised therapy sessions.

Everyone’s needs are unique, but with the right support, you can find the best treatment for you.

If you’re struggling with your mental health right now, you can call:

Lifeline 13 11 14, any time

QLife 1800 184 527, 3pm–midnight AEST, 7 days a week

Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467, any time

Call 000 if anyone’s life is in immediate danger.

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Last updated
18 December 2023