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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…

University pressures could trigger depression for students

May 2, 2017 | 0 Comments

Research conducted by the University of Queensland identified that University can be a breeding ground for depression. A period of change and personal development combined with stress and pressure to academically exceed can trigger episodes of mental illnesses, such as depression and anxiety, in students. Although there are a lack of statistics supporting the incidence…

Diagnosing depression – genetics and environment

May 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

In an in-depth research story, the HuffPost Australia outlined some insights as to how clinical depression is diagnosed. Considering the Australian Genetics of Depression Research study, and the links to genetics, the article, written by HuffPost Australia, Associate Editor, Emma Brancatisano, titled, How does a person come to be diagnosed with depression?, defines clinical depression…

Katy’s Story

April 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

Single mother, childcare teacher and student, Katy, 29 from Lakelands, Perth, was tormented by mental health issues during adolescence. In 2011, she attempted to take her own life – a terrible incident that threw Katy into the arms of professional help.   Subsequently diagnosed with depression and borderline personality disorder, Katy spent the ensuing three…

Emma’s Story

April 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

In 2007, after starting her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and while in a difficult relationship, Emma, then 21, Sydney, often felt down or sad.   Over the ensuing 18 months, her negative emotions continued to escalate. After leaving her partner in March 2008, Emma moved back into her parent’s home. A few months later…

Angelika’s Story

April 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

After immigrating from Scandinavia to Australia with her family at 12 years of age, Angelika, now 37, Canberra, experienced difficulty settling in. Over a period of three years, her feelings of homesickness compounded, and at 15 years of age, she began to regularly feel “down.” Unable to comprehend their daughter’s unstable emotional state, Angelika’s parents…

Jennifer’s Story

April 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

In 2007, Jennifer, then aged 22, Canberra, was studying at university when she experienced her first episode of depression. Jennifer began to withdraw from her studies and friends. She had trouble sleeping, and was often unable to get out of bed. She missed day after day of university, as she locked herself in her room…

Elissa’s Story

April 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

For as long as she can remember, Brisbane-based photographer, Elissa, 25, has been plagued by anxiety.   As a child, Elissa distinctly recalls feeling “different and anxious” about things, with little to no reason. During adolescence, her anxieties began to compound, and she often felt “down” or “upset”, mistakenly dismissing her moodiness as hormonal fluctuations.…

Jodie’s Story

April 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

Jodie, 45, Brisbane, is a happily married mother to two  teenage girls who have special needs. She has battled depression since the age of 36, which she is managing with the assistance of medication. Following a traumatic and arduous battle with blood cancer in 2006, Jodie was diagnosed with clinical depression and anxiety in 2007.…

Catherine’s Story

April 12, 2017 | 0 Comments

Former geneticist, high school teacher and mother-to-five, Catherine, 38, Adelaide, describes depression as something that saps her enthusiasm for anything that brings enjoyment to her life. At 21, Catherine got engaged and landed the perfect job. On paper, her life seemed to be going well. But in reality, her life felt otherwise. In 2000, after…

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