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What is depression?

It’s natural and healthy to have ups and downs in life. Feeling a range of emotions and moods makes life rich and meaningful. However, when the downs are intense and long-lasting (for weeks, months, or even years), it becomes a risk of depression. Depression can be described from Mild to Severe based on how long you have been depressed, and the impact it has on your life. 

Depression can be associated with: 

  • Feelings of sadness, hopelessness, worthlessness, and emptiness. 
  • Loneliness.  
  • Regularly being teary. 
  • Isolation.  
  • Guilt.  
  • Exhaustion.  
  • Withdrawal from relationships.  
  • Irritation or edginess.  
  • Anger.  
  • Low mood. 
  • Appetite changes. 
  • Sleep changes. 
  • Concentration issues. 
  • Thoughts of harming yourself and/or suiciding. 
  • Loss of interest in things which use to bring joy.  

While these symptoms can present themselves differently and at varying severities for different people, if you have been experiencing several of them for two or more weeks you may be experiencing depression and should seek help.  

Support at Curtin

Use the support network at Curtin University to learn how to effectively recognise and manage symptoms of addiction. Professional confidentiality is taken seriously at Curtin’s Psychological and Counselling Services and AccessAbility Services, so any information discussed will remain private unless you or others are in danger or if legally obligated to disclose.

Additional resources for depression