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Depression - General

The Couple Who Couldn't Cope... and did
Kathy and Alun were struggling with depression and other challenges individually and alone. An uplifting tale of two people who were brought together by the need for support in dealing effectively with depression and who together have reached the light at the end of the tunnel!
Take 5 Magazine, August 11, 2004, No.32

Understanding Depression
Around 800,000 Australian adults suffer from depression every year, and on average, one in five people will experience clinical depression at some time in their lives. Depression is the leading cause of suicide, yet it is often misunderstood and regarding as somewhat less serious than a physical illness.
(March 2004)

Group therapy
The internet has opened up a whole new avenue for peer support networks. Natasha Wallace reports on the benefits and pitfalls of going online to seek solace.
(April 2003)

Hello darkness my old friend
In a society obsessed with being happy, the emotion of sadness has been turned into a private disease, a symbol of failure. Catherine Keenan explores a problem that won't go away.

Part Two - The Bottom Line  Written by Nahan

Part One - The Bottom Line  Written by Nahan

Some Thoughts On Depression..... And SEX!  Written By Robert Arnolda
Most of what you read here is from my own personal experiences, or those of people that are close to me that have also suffered form this debilitating, but BEATABLE condition. I also have a strange sense of humour, so at times it can get a little tongue in cheek, but the message is still there.

Big Steps 'n' Little 'uns   Written By Meg Britton
(September 2000)

Pandora's Box   A Story of Hope
(From the depressioNet Newsletter - August 2000)

Don't Let The Label Fool You   Pamela Wade, Couselling Psychologist
(Living in Whitehorse)

Right On The Line   Written By Shaun Russell
We've all heard about that so called fine red line between genius and insanity.

Coping With A Mental Illness   Written By Scott Findlay
(Issue 25, Winter Edition)

Is Human Suffering Punishment?   Written By Meg Britton
(September 26th 2000)

The Lie   By Rob Benson
(Australian Writer, GP)


Development And Exploration Of A New Model For Understanding Depression By Michael Gathercole
This paper presents a model of depression that is an elaboration of the currently dominant 'biopsychosocial' model.
It makes for very interesting reading, looking in depth at a range of related issues such as treatment factors, etc.

Ethnicity finding on depression
Ethnicity may play a role in how people respond to antidepressants, with new research showing that those of Chinese background are more sensitive to the medication than Caucasians.
October 2004

Existing With Depression
A chronic depressive casts a sceptical eye on treatment and therapists.
December 2003

Exercise is an Effective Antidepressant By Leonard Holmes, Ph.D
James A. Blumenthal, Ph.D. and his colleagues surprised many people in 1999 when they demonstrated that regular exercise is as effective as antidepressant medications for major depression. The researchers studied 156 older adults diagnosed with major depression.

Running From Depression   Written By John Mcmanamy
John's article relating to the research on the effectiveness of exercise in reducing the impact of depression - from the 'sufferers' perspective.
September 2000

Change of mind
One in five Australians will experience a mental illness at some time, but trapped in a modern, Western health system that has failed to adapt, less than half will receive treatment.
Sydney Morning Herald 15/01/2004

Better outcomes in mental health care initiative by Gavin Andrews MD, UNSW
Most people with a mental disorder who seek help from a health professional, seek help from their general practitioner rather than from a specialist mental health professional. The Better outcomes in mental health care initiative initiative will improve the community's access to primary mental health services by providing better education and training for general practitioners and more support for them from allied health professionals and psychiatrists.
January 2003

St John's Wort Friend Or Foe?  Provided by Grand United Health Fund
It's a powerful medicinal herb and it has to be prescribed with a good dose of common sense. Berwyn Lewis reveals both sides of the story.
(Summer 2002)

How Long Do I Continue Medication?  Written By Leanne Pethick

Keeping Calm With Kava  Provided by Blackmores

Challenging My Negative Thoughts  Written by Sally
A practical overview of how Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a practical tool for controlling the symptoms of depression.

Who Controls You?   Written By Wayne Froggatt
How Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy can help you change unwanted emotions and behaviours
(9th January 2001)

When the Hype Dies Down - Medications   By John McManamy
"...while the right medication can be a godsend, there is no one-drug-fits-all ..."
From Suite 101-Depression

Depression 'prevention' (Recovery maintenance!)

Stop Your Depression Before It Starts
Until we can find out for certain what chemical changes occur when someone becomes depressed, and find out what triggers them, we will not even begin to be able to discover whether one can prevent depression.

Making Sure Your Needs Are Met  By Karen Houghton
When we become a stay at home Mum, full or part-time, it is so easy to forget about our own needs as a living breathing person being met. This can begin from day one!

Understanding and Minimising The Effects Of Depression   Written By Leanne Pethick
The monthly article for the depressioNet newsletter

Get A Buzz From A Bike  Written by Kate Mytanwy
Kate has spent many years working in Mental Health and discusses here how cycling can help to lift depression.
(Australian Cyclist December 2000/January 2001)

The whole story
Too often the connection between mental and physical health goes unrecognised.
(Sydney Morning Herald 08/11/2001)

Elderly People like us

The ageing of discontent
(The Australian, February 2004)
EVERY morning my friend visits a Melbourne nursing home to help his mother get out of bed and dressed for the day. Every morning, without fail, she tells him that she wishes she were dead.

Depression a key suspect in dementia cases
(News Limited, 21-22/02/2004)
Feeling depressed for long periods without receiving treatment creates degenerative changes to the brain, making sufferers more susceptible to dementia later in life, new research has revealed.

Young People Like Us

A Challenge For The Future  Written by Angel
We live, we breathe, we overcome problems, we face challenges everyday of our young adult lives, and we are human beings.

Critical Condition
Jason Bond suffered from a depressive illness. He was 20 years old when he killed himself after being discharged from a Melbourne hospital. Here, Graeme Bond recalls the events leading up to his son’s death, a death which he blames partly on the poor state of mental health care in Victoria.
September 2003

Young Melburnians agree there is 'hope at the end'
More often than not, young people fall through the gaps of the mental health system but the three pictured are some of the lucky ones who found treatment and are on the road to recovery.

Rise in youth mental illness
One in four young people has a mental illness at any given time, according to the state's only youth mental health clinic.
September 2003

Depression and suicide of most concern to Australia's youth
Young Australians rank depression and suicide as one of the three most important issues confronting them and their peers, according to a new national youth survey conducted by the community service organisation, Mission Australia.
March 2002

Doctor shopping 'a cry for help' from drug abusers
Before the youth overdoses in the lane, he registers an unconscious cry for help. It is a disguised plea, made in a flurry of visits to doctors. But it's not recognised. As a report reveals, most GPs don't know how to deal with drug abusers and are not told that multiple visits, or ``doctor shopping", is linked to a risk of overdose death.

He seemed such a normal boy...
Is there really an epidemic of teen depression and suicide, or was it ever so? Stephanie Peatling examines the facts behind the figures.
August 2001

That's all well and good...
but if society is becoming more prosperous, why do young people seem less happy?
July 2001

Caged Butterfly   Written By Jenny Davidson
Won the Mental Health Foundation's Mental Health Week Victorian 'School Essay Competition',years 10 to 12
(October 2000)

Sunrising  Written by CareyBear
5th August 2000


The suicide generation
Depression has seemingly followed in generation X's shadow. We need to do more to find out why, writes Simon Castles.
The Age, November 2004

No one knows exactly why Jeff Barger killed himself...
Tilly Barger thought she understood her husband, although she is not naive enough to presume he didn't have his private frailties. But surely nothing so big, so terrible, that could have tripped him over some invisible line into overwhelming despair. Nothing Tilly Barger imagined that would lead dependable, loving, unflappable school principal Jeff - her husband of 25 years and father of their two children - to kill himself.
The Age, August 2003

Still a lonely road ahead for those left behind
Suicide is still a taboo topic and the stigma for families of suicide victims remains very real.
The Age, August 2003

A lost generation
They are only a small group, 12 in all; mothers brought together by a shared sorrow. All have sons who killed themselves in the middle, some would say the very prime, of their lives. They first met, not at a formal support group, but by chance over the graves of their sons at the Springvale Cemetery.
The Age, August 2003

Attempted Suicide   By Celine Reinhardt
(Australian Writer)

Page Updated: 06/07/2006

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