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Lives impacted by clinical depression

June 5, 2017 | 0 Comments

Clinical depression has the potential to significantly impact an individual’s life. Both Anna and Jodie are no strangers to the illness. Anna, 28, Sydney is a writer, law graduate and environmentalist who was diagnosed with clinical depression during her first year at university, at 19 years of age. “I was at college and I remember…

A determined survivor

June 2, 2017 | 0 Comments

Brisbane-based mum, Jodie, 45, is a survivor. She’s engaged in a long and arduous battle with various illnesses over the years. Jodie was diagnosed with stage four profuse follicular non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2006 – a disease that crippled her with constant pain while it ravaged her body, eating through bones, muscles and nerves. Jodie’s first…

Hannah’s story – not just stress-related blues

May 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

Medical institute research assistant, Hannah**, 23, Brisbane, has been living with depression for two years. At the age of 21, while at university, Hannah experienced substantial study-related stress. Her depressive symptoms began to impact her motivation, academic ability, and social life. “I wasn’t working as hard as I used to. I wasn’t getting the same…

Anna’s long road to recovery

May 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

Twenty-eight year old writer, law graduate and environmentalist, Anna, Sydney, battled clinical depression for six long years. Anna was diagnosed with depression during her first year of university, aged 19. Relocating inter-State to attend university caused Anna to feel isolated, and she became profoundly sad. “I was at college and I remember not connecting with…

A very small ask for a huge scientific gain

May 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

Professor Nick Martin is Lead Investigator of the Australian Genetics of Depression Study and Head of the Genetic Epidemiology Group, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, Brisbane. Prof Martin explains his study aims to identify the genes responsible for a genetic predisposition to depression, in order to find new treatments and cures for clinical depression. “If…

Jodie’s intimate explanation of clinical depression

May 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

Married mother-of-two daughters with special needs, Jodie, 45, Brisbane was diagnosed with stage-four profuse follicular non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2006. Tragically, but understandably, the following year, Jodie was diagnosed with clinical depression and anxiety. She then embarked upon a nine year battle with depression. Jodie provides an intimate and authentic explanation of clinical depression. “Clinical depression…

Annie’s story

May 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

At 23-years-old, fitness instructor, personal trainer (PT), and outdoor enthusiast, Annie** is a driven young woman, who boasts a passion for health and fitness.   In July 2011, at the age of 20, Annie started her own personal training business, renting space out from a gym in Melbourne, as well as coaching sport and studying…

Becky’s Story

May 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

Married mother-of-two, Becky, 46, hails from regional NSW and enjoys camping, bushwalking, and travelling throughout Australia with her family. Recently, Becky battled with her second major episode of clinical depression, 18 years after recovering from her first experience with the illness. Becky’s first experience with depression occurred when she was 28 years old. She was…

Technology offering new methods for treating and identifying mental illness

May 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

News publications don’t often shy away from the topic of technology being detrimental to mental health. However, there are an increasing number of benefits stemming from technology that could help those in the midst of mental illness. One such benefit is early identification of depression or anxiety. An article published in Australian Doctor Magazine on…

Teddy’s story

May 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

Working in the IT department of the public service, Edward “Teddy”, 27, Canberra, spends his time at the gym, with friends, reading comic books, or with his partner. However, for the past 13 years, Teddy has lived with clinical depression. The signs first became apparent when he was in high school. Teddy’s parents became concerned…

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