Many people with depression may not be aware they have it and try to live each day with an illness which can be treated. For many, having a depressive illness alienates them and makes them feel alone and helpless. Depression can take on different forms and has a variety of symptoms. It can be a co-occurring illness which can lead to, or be caused by, substance abuse. Individuals with untreated depression can end up harming those around them as well as themselves.
Australia only has ONE specialist, national perinatal depression helpline and due to funding shortfalls this helpline – run by PANDA (the Post and Antenatal Depression Association) – can only help 7 per cent of the mums who need it. It only takes about ONE MINUTE and THREE CLICKS on your computer to help PANDA call for urgent increased funding to support the growing number of women diagnosed with postnatal depression.
Love and care from the near and dear ones are crucial to a long-term recovery, apart from conventional treatment procedures. So, it becomes imperative to be aware of symptoms and behaviors which are indicative of depression in a person.
Depression is a mental condition that can make things difficult not just for the patient but even for those associated with him or her. When depression attacks an expectant mother, it can increase the chance of various physical and mental problems in her children.