Depression, specifically major depressive disorder (MDD), is a mood disorder characterised by persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and lack of interest in daily activities.
It affects thoughts, emotions, and behaviours and can lead to various physical and emotional problems.
Depression's exact cause is unknown, but various factors contribute:
Symptoms may vary but commonly include:
In Australia and around the world:
Approximately 264 million people worldwide suffer from depression.
In Australia, an estimated 1 million adults experience depression annually.
De-prescribing in depression requires caution, and often a gradual reduction of medication under professional guidance, along with complementary therapeutic support.
Treating and managing depression requires a comprehensive approach that might include pharmacological treatments, therapy, lifestyle changes, and ongoing support. Careful consideration of de-prescribing must always be based on individual needs and performed under professional guidance.