Mental Health Information
Stress in the workplace
Work-related stress results when the demands of work exceed resources for managing those demands.
Most jobs will involve some level of stress, and this level will fluctuate over time as a result of various factors. However, when occupational stress becomes excessive or chronic, it can cause significant problems for an individual’s physical health, and increase the risk of anxiety and mood related problems.
Everyone can feel sad, particularly when faced with loss or grief. Depression, however, is more than low mood and sadness at a loss. It is a serious medical illness. It is the result of chemical imbalances in the brain. The sufferer feels extremely sad, dejected and unmotivated.
One in four women and one in six men suffer from depression at some time in their life. Only about 20 per cent of people are correctly diagnosed.
Depression can mask itself as a physical illness. Chronic pain, sleeplessness or fatigue can all be signs.
Some of the symptoms of depression can include:
- Feeling sad or depressed
- A loss of interest and pleasure in normal activities
- Loss of appetite or weight
- Inability to get to sleep or waking up early
- Feeling tired all the time
- Having trouble concentrating
- Feeling restless, agitated, worthless or guilty
- Feeling that life isn’t worth living
- A combination of factors
Depression results from a combination of physical and psychological factors. These cause chemical imbalances in the brain. Diagnosis in every case needs a careful analysis of causes.
Physical causes include:
- Mental illness and treatment
- Inherited traits
- Chemical changes
- Drug or alcohol abuse
Psychological causes include:
- Life stress
- Negative experiences and loss
- High anxiety
- Seek help if you experience symptoms of depression
If you experience some or most of the symptoms of depression, it is important to seek advice from a doctor or Brisbane depression counsellor.
Careful medical and psychological evaluation is needed to determine the best treatment.
This may include:
- Drug therapy with antidepressants
- Psychological therapies
- Education and counselling
- Avoiding situations which may contribute to the depression
There are many options for getting help.
- A Psychologist or counsellor
- Your doctor
- Your community health centre
- ARAFMI Qld (Association of Relatives and Friends of the Mentally Ill)
- Reach Out! For kids and adolescents
- Australian Psychological Association
- Kids Help Line
- Beyond Blue
- Brisbane Depression Counselling, Peer Support & Information Service for Australians
- Depression is a constant feeling of dejection and loss, which stops you doing your normal activities.
- Depression can be mistaken for a physical illness, such as fatigue.
- Antidepressants can help most depressed people, but they must be accompanied by psychological therapy and education.
- Help is at hand. Talk to our Brisbane depression counsellors today. Get in touch now.
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