Depression in Young People


Anxiety and depression are among the most common mental health problems experienced by young people in Australia today. One in five people are affected by mental problems and disorders. Those aged 18-24 have the highest prevalence of mental disorders of any age group.

Emotional Changes

- Feelings of unhappiness, moodiness and irritability and sometimes emptiness

- Tearfulness or frequent crying

- Feelings of worthlessness and guilt, sadness and/or hopelessness

- Losing interest and pleasure in activities that you once enjoyed

- Tiredness, lack of energy and motivation

- Feeling worried or tense

Behavioural Changes

- Poor attention to personal hygiene and appearance

- Decreased participation with peers and normally enjoyed activities

- Self harm or deteriorated interactions and activities

- Avoidance of family interactions and activities

- More withdrawn behaviour including clearly more time spent alone

Physical Changes

- Loss of appetite ad weight (but sometimes people 'comfort eat' and put on weight

- Either trouble sleeping, or over-sleeping and staying in bed most of the day

- Lowered libido

- Restlessness and agitation

- Unexplained aches and pains


- Different types of depression respond best to different sorts of treatments

- It's important that a thorough and thoughtful assessment be carried out before any treatment is prescribed

- Treatments for depression include physical and psychophysical treatments

- Depression can sometimes go away of its own accord but, left untreated, it may last for many months.