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If it’s not treated, depression can lead to you underachieving at study or work, losing contact with friends and family, substance misuse, and an increased risk of suicide. Explore this section to find out about depression and tips on managing it.

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What defines beauty + my story

It's a word we use almost every day to compare ourselves to others, judge others and to make a choice over which product to try based on its better-looking packaging. However, not one of us knows exactly what 'beauty' or 'being beautiful' is. Why then do we aim to be something we do not know?

Body Image has a top concern for young people today, but is also one that has been virtually ignored by the media and fashion industry that has created a world obsessed with the ideology of beauty.

Photo shopped images of tall, stick thin but yet curvy models has given society a warped indication of beauty with various unhealthy diets to lose weight and obtain the virtually impossible airbrushed look. Excessive behaviour leading to illnesses such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa has been strongly related to the pressure to look perfect.

This has led to a beauty fascist society where those who look 'different' and 'uglier' than the norm are subject to discrimination and social stigma. Yet the people with physical disabilities and/or disfigurements seem to be those who are mentally, the strongest and most comfortable in their own skin, Joanne Hutchins for example, accomplished writer and ambassador for Don't DIS my ABILITY. With so much prejudice against their appearance, they admirably still manage to live life to its fullest, enjoy a healthy mind and feel beautiful.

After previously struggling with my own body related self-esteem issues, including an attempt to starve myself, I understand what it feels like to feel body-conscious. Here are a few tips to help you treasure yourself with a healthier body and mind:

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Factsheet

Provided by headspace

We have partnered with headspace to bring you the best factsheet information we can on this topic. headspace is Australia’s National Youth Mental Health Foundation. headspace provides health advice, support and information for young people aged 12-25.

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Normal feelings vs. depression

We all feel sad or ‘down’ from time to time – it’s part of being human. For young people, it’s normal to have occasional mood swings, feel irritable sometimes, and to be sensitive to rejection and criticism. This can make it harder to tell whether you’re experiencing “normal” feelings or whether you are becoming depressed.

What is depression?

Depression is one of the most common health issues for young people in Australia¹. Depression (“major depression”) is a mental illness characterised by feelings of sadness that lasts longer than usual, affect most parts of your life and stop you enjoying the things that you used to.

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Symptoms of depression

You may be experiencing depression if, for more than two weeks, you’ve felt sad, depressed or irritable most of the time, or you’ve lost interest or pleasure in your usual activities. Other symptoms may include:

  • Loss of interest in food or eating too much, leading to weight loss or gain
  • Having trouble sleeping (getting to sleep and/or staying asleep), or oversleeping and staying in bed most of the day
  • Feeling tired most of the time, or lacking energy and motivation
  • Difficulty concentrating and making decisions
  • Feeling worthless or guilty a lot of the time
  • Feeling everything has become ‘too hard’
  • Having thoughts of death or suicide

People with depression might have other mental or physical health problems as well, such as anxiety, or using cigarettes, alcohol or illegal drugs excessively.

Getting help for depression

Even though it may seem hard, it is important to talk with someone that you trust about how you feel. You could talk with a parent, teacher, school counsellor, family member or friend. A general practitioner (GP) is another good place to start when seeking help and information.

Most people are able to recover from depression with the right help. The sooner you get help, the sooner you can recover.

An important part of professional support is often psychological therapy. Psychological (‘talking’) therapy focuses on helping you to build skills to deal with the stresses in your life and change negative thinking patterns. Antidepressant medications can also be added if they are needed. Depending on the type of treatment most people start to feel better or notice an improvement after about two to six weeks.

Apart from seeking professional help there are a number of things you can do to maintain good mental health. Regular physical exercise, eating well, practising relaxation, expressing your feelings, and doing things that you enjoy are just some of the things that can help. For more tips on looking after yourself, visit headspace.org.au to download the ‘Tips for a healthy headspace’ fact sheet.

Depression and suicide

Important: If you have thoughts of suicide or plans to harm yourself, it’s really important to seek immediate help. Talk to someone you trust, such as a family member, friend or teacher. There are health professionals at headspace centres and eheadspace (online and phone support) who can help you to work out a plan to keep you safe.

Depression is one of the main risks for suicide and self harm.
If someone you know is self harming or talking about suicide try to arrange some support from close, trusted friends or family.
Help the person be safe and remove dangerous things like tablets, guns or other weapons and try to encourage them to see a health professional. If in doubt, don’t be afraid to call 000.

References: 1 Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Young Australians: their health and wellbeing, Canberra, 2007.

Download a copy of this headspace depression factsheet

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12 Responses to “Depression”

  1. rick says:

    I wanted to thank you for this great read!! I definitely enjoying every little bit of it I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post

  2. lynz says:

    Thanks Rick, glad the site interested you you, thanks for positive feedback. TINO Crew

  3. Natasha says:

    Thank you for this information it has helped me for my Physical Assessment for school. This is really helpful and how would you help a family member like my brother he is constantly depressed and he loves playing soccer but even that won’t help anymore can you give me some tips to make him feel like he is around and not left out.

    Thanks!

  4. TaniaDepp says:

    Do not be ashamed to question for help, contrary to how some people truly feel, it is not a indication of a weakness, you are planning produced, you are shedding the plot, no one is likely to giggle at you and there is most absolutely nothing to be ashamed of. It is a organic health issues just the identical as Flu, Pneumonia, toothache etc.
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  5. Emily says:

    thanks i have been worried about not finding the right site to look at symptons on depresion,
    i have had a think and i have all these symptons i go to CAHMS for help but i need some advice and help on how to get infront of depression and anxiety
    CAN ANYONE HELP ME :(

    • lynz says:

      Hi Emily, well done on being so proactive on dealing with the depression and anxiety you are going through – have a read of our factsheet and also some of the videos and real stories have tips from other young people that might give some great suggestions, also one girl wrote this great blog series for us about managing depression it is full of tips from how to get others to understand what is happening for you, through to self help tips. Here is part 1 http://www.tuneinnotout.com/blog/managing-my-depression-pt-1/ we also suggest giving a service like headspace a call as they have a number of different service options http://www.headspace.org.au – you take good care and you can beat this and things will feel OK again, you’re not alone family, friends and other services can be beside you through this.

  6. Jasmin says:

    Im Really Unhappy. EveryWhere I Go People Tease Me I Wanna Die

    • lynz says:

      Hi Jasmin, we are so sorry to hear that you are feeling so unhappy, the people who are teasing you are being unkind, we know how hard it can be it ignore what they say, but nothing they are saying will be true. Do you have a friend or family member you can talk too? Sharing the problem can make things so much easier to handle. If you are having these strong feelings the key thing is not to act upon them, they are just here momentarily and they will pass as we promise things will get better – read some of the stories in the section above and the videos and hear from other young people who have felt similar things but have gone of to see things get better and feel so happy again. Please contact lifeline on 13 11 14 or if you feel you are in danger 000. Take great care and please turn to someone for support, you shouldn’t go through this alone – take huge care and stay safe. Lynsey

  7. Xavier says:

    I have been in the state of depression for a while now, but everyday is just getting worse. Everyone i have talked to hasn’t helped, my family and friends. I am going to see a psychologist but I’m worried that they wont be able to help me either. I dont know how much longer i can last

    • lynz says:

      Hi Xavier, sorry to hear you are having a tough time, but how brilliant that you have booked in to see a psychologist, that is a great step forward and fingers crossed you will both click and they will be able to help you. It is worth remembering though, if for any reason that appointment doesn’t help, try again either visiting them or seeking help else where. Quite a few people have shared their stories here on TINO about how they have had to visit a few places until they found someone who worked for them, and now they are doing so much better and glad they persevered. Maybe also take a list of things you want to chat about, or ask about to the meeting. take great care, and keep talking, you are doing amazing taking that step to find help TINO Crew

  8. Rychelle says:

    Hi my name is Rychelle and my father is ok but he has depression because of my behaver and I wanted to know if I can facts about it.

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