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Introduction to Depression

What is depression? Feeling low is a common feeling for most of us at some point in our lives.

It can come out of the blue or it may be triggered by a stressful time such as illness, relationship or financial difficulties. At times depressed feelings can become a problem and start to impact on our lives. Severe depression is a serious problem that requires recognition and treatment.

Sometimes we may think of depression as low mood, feeling blue, feeling down. A lot of people may not think of themselves as depressed because they haven’t got a severe mental health illness such as bipolar or haven’t been hospitalised.

The level of depression we’re discussing in this presentation is when people are significantly impacted by low mood but not to the extreme of having a severe mental health illness.

Recognising or acknowledging that we have depression can be difficult.

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