What Is Depression?


What Is Depression?

Is There a Strong Feeling Inside You That’s Controlling Your Life In An Over Negative Way?

Depression is a common condition causing physical and psychological symptoms that requires professional treatment. Many people go through life not even knowing they have depression.

There are also people who will genuinely know that they need help for depression and may even have suicidal thoughts, but unfortunately people can also be labeled as depressive when they may not need help for depression in the first place. This is a another topic that can’t be covered in one or two paragraphs.
It’s also important to remember that we all naturally go through depressive and anxious states at times in our life, but it’s when they are excessive that the problem arises. If someone is experiencing many negative feelings such as suicidal feelings, then something definitely needs to be done.

So depending on how you would like help for depression or how you want to resolve your depression, will determine what you would like to do from here:

Option 1 - Beat Depression Book: If you’d like to get some great information you can download a very informative book here called “Beat Depression the Drug Free Way”. It comes from Ian White who has been helping people with emotional (affect) based problems for over 25 years. He’s based just out of Sydney and is also the founder of Affectology and Af-x Therapy.

Option 2 – One-on-One Program with a Practitioner: Read through this website for more information or Contact Us to book an appointment.

So, What is Depression & How Do You Know If You Have Depression?

A DEPRESSION TEST: There are many “Depression Tests” on the internet that claim to give you an accurate diagnosis” for depression, but really, a  simple way to look at it, is to ask yourself if there is “A Strong Feeling” inside of you that just seems to be controlling your life in an over negatively way. This comes from someone who experienced many dark times during 30 years of depressive thoughts and feelings. See Symptoms below.

It’s perfectly normal to feel down some times, especially after the loss of a loved one or even a retrenchment. This method is not about taking your feelings away all together, but if you feel you may need help for depression because you are feeling down more than normally or more than other people around you, have a look at the symptoms below, and if you find that you do experience more than a few of them or have any questions at all, please Contact Us so you can beat your depression for good.


Feelings of Sadness/Hopelessness, Loneliness, Irritability, Anger or Fear, Low Self Esteem/Confidence, Lack of Concentration, Feelings of Guilt/Jealousy, Feeling Unwanted, Suicidal thoughts, Anxiety, Excess Drug & Alcohol use, Excessive Tiredness, Low Energy, Sleep Problems, Weight Problems, Headaches/Migraines, Inability to enjoy normal things, Irresponsible behaviour, Neglect of one’s appearance, Not Socialising, Moodiness, Gambling, Lost interest in many things?, Relying on Alcohol and/or Drugs, Thoughts: I’m a failure, worthless, It’s my fault, Nothing good ever happens to me.


  • A loss of a loved one or friend
  • Family break-ups/Problems
  • Relationship break-ups/Problems
  • Loss of employment
  • After a major accident
  • Major life changes
  • Excessive Drug and Alcohol use
  • Medical illness
  • Stressful situations
  • *Remember, You don’t have to know WHY you feel like you do to get better.

Personality types susceptible to Depression:

  • Lifelong worrier
  • Perfectionist
  • Sensitive to personal criticism
  • Unassertive
  • Low self-esteem
  • Self-critical and negative
  • Shy and socially anxious


  • The World Health Organization (WHO) has predicted that by 2020, depression will be the second biggest health problem world-wide, next to heart disease.
  • Mental Health problems accounted for 7.4% of problems managed by GP’s in 2001/02. Of these, Depression made up 32%
  • Approximately 15% of men and 25% of women will suffer from depression at sometime in their life.
  • Depression is the leading cause of suicide in Australia yet often goes unrecognized or treated.
  • Each year, nearly 800,000 Australian adults will experience a depressive illness.
  • Depression alone counts for more days lost to the workplace than those lost to industrial action.
  • Depression is the third most common cause of illness among women and the tenth most common cause among men.

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics – 2008

NOTE: Affectology is aimed at helping many people including help for depression. It is for people who feel that there is “something” inside of them that is holding them back from achieving their true potential, it is for people who may havesuicidal thoughts and if you can relate to the different concepts of Affectology, maybe it’s for you.


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