beyondblue lists some common signs of depression.

It is important to be aware of the changes that can occur in a family member or friend who is depressed.

If you recognise these changes, remember that help is readilty available from the Doctors' Health Advisory Service in your state or territory.

Behaviour changes

  • not going out anymore or doing usually enjoyable activities
  • not getting things done; unable to concentrate
  • withdrawing from close family and friends
  • relying on alcohol and sedatives


  • unhappy/miserable/sad
  • overwhelmed
  • guilty or disappointed
  • irritable/frustrated
  • lacking in confidence/indecisive


  • 'I’m a failure'; 'I’m worthless.'
  • 'It’s my fault.'
  • 'Nothing good ever happens to me.'
  • 'Life’s not worth living.'
  • 'People would be better off without me.'


  • tired all the time; sick and run down
  • headaches and muscle pains
  • churning gut
  • sleep problems
  • loss or change of appetite; significant weight change