Depression: It Hurts All

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Bianca Box

Reporter

bianca.box@gladstoneobserver.com.au

DEPRESSION is an illness that can affect everyone and throughout the course of our lives will impact everyone in one shape or form.

Denise Reichenbach from Relationships Australia said depression; in particular teenage depression, was a serious issue that needed to be addressed immediately.

C[pounds sterling]The teenage years are very difficult to begin with as children are starting to build their own personality and are very vulnerable to bullying and peer pressure,C[yen] she said.

C[pounds sterling]Open communication is the best method. Sometimes you might not even notice your child has depression unless you talk about it.C[yen]

Ms Reichenbach says there are many signs parents can look out for if they are concerned their child might have depression.

C[pounds sterling]Anxiety, panic attacks, difficulty to concentrate, suicidal thoughts, withdrawals from their friends, a lack of motivation and excessive worrying are all signs to watch out for when looking for depression. …