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Making the decision to get help is often the first and most important step towards healing.

People often talk about ‘being depressed’ if they are having a bad day, or are experiencing problems at work or home. While these kinds of challenges and difficulties are a normal part of life and can make us temporarily stressed or sad, these feelings should eventually pass on their own, without treatment. If you have these feelings and they do not pass, there is effective help available. It is important to get the right help early – the sooner you seek treatment, the sooner you can learn to manage your feelings better and reconnect with your life.

Many women are susceptible to depression. Depression can range from mild to severe and is a condition that often makes people feel negative, moody, lethargic and withdrawn.

Depression has many causes and its signs and symptoms can be recognised by you or by others. Many support services are available for you to seek help from if you feel you might be suffering from depression. Although difficult at first, it is important to take steps to treat your condition before it gets worse.

WIRE's Depression information sheet helps you understand:

  • What is depression?
  • What are the signs of depression?
  • What contributes to depression?
  • What options are available to help you if  you are depressed
  • Why women have higher rates of depression
  • Getting support 

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