Are Depression and Anxiety on the Rise?

Has Depression increased or is it just more common?  More people are being diagnosed with depression each year.   Does that mean that depression has increased or that more people are coming forward? Does social media cause depression or does depression drive you toward social media?

Talking About Invisible Illness

Max Silverman talks about mental illness as a biological illness, a disease of the brain. It is an invisible illness and it is highly stigmatised. We do not know how to talk about mental illness. We do not want to talk about mental illness. We characterise it and dramatise it. We blame and we shame.

How our Thought Life Affects our Health and Wellbeing.

75% to 95% of the illnesses that plague us today are a direct result of our thought life. What we think about affects us physically and emotionally. It’s an epidemic of toxic emotions.
The average person has over 30,000 thoughts a day. Through an uncontrolled thought life, we create the conditions for illness; we make ourselves sick! Dr Caroline Leaf

Stepping Into The Minefield (To Those Who Love A Depressed Person)

Loving someone who struggles with depression is a costly investment. It’s hazard duty, plain and simple. It’s the brave and defiant act of heading directly into this dangerous head space and risking life and limb to get close to people when they least want you close and yet most need you to be. That proximity to another’s pain is as treacherous as it can be redemptive. John Pavlovitz

Invisible Illness

We don’t know how to talk about mental health. Mental illness is a medical condition, a disease of the brain but it is not treated as such. Mental illness is hidden and stigmatised.

What is Depression?

3 million Australians are living with anxiety or depression. While the exact cause of depression isn’t known, a number of things can be associated with its development. Generally, depression does not result from a single event, but from a combination of recent events and other longer-term or personal factors (Beyond Blue).

Everything is Awful and I’m Not Okay

How would you respond if you got the comment, “Everything is awful and I’m not okay”? Here are some questions to ask yourself or someone if they feel that everything is awful and they are not okay.

Why are Our Kids Feeling So Stressed?

“Social media makes you feel like you should look a certain way and girls are not happy with the comparisons so they hurt themselves”. “Self harm is so common in my friendship group. There are websites which tell you how to self harm like: The Top ten ways to self harm”.