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Mood Disorders

Depression: It is "normal" to experience some feelings of sadness and disappointment periodically while dealing with the challenges of daily life. However, you may have developed Depression when the low mood persists for longer than two weeks and if it affects your enjoyment of life, daily functioning, work, family and relationships.

Late Life Depression: Late Onset Depression or Late-Life Depression refers to an episode of clinical depression after the age of 60 affecting individuals who have never experienced clinical depression before. The presentation, underlying causes, the treatment and likely outcome appears to be different from earlier onset Depression. It is concerning that Late-Life Depression is often not diagnosed because older adults and health care professionals may incorrectly think the depressive symptoms are part of the normal ageing process.  For more information about the importance of a timely diagnosis and treatment of Late Life Depression the Australian Psychological Society (APS) have put the following tip sheet together on Understanding late-life depression.

Antenatal, Perinatal and Postnatal Depression  Being pregnant and becoming parents can be an overwhelmingly positive, but at the same time a challenging experience that can cause various emotions and distress, referred to as the "Baby blues." It is thus not uncommon for in particular women to develop Depression and or Anxiety, especially if they have experienced symptoms before. When it coincides with the arrival of a new baby, it can be particularly difficult to manage. If symptoms persist after a couple of weeks it is important to seek professional help. You may find the following link informative and helpful to decide whether you need help for antenatal, perinatal or postnatal depression.

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