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This information is about the specific health area mentioned above. It comprises a combination of textual and video information, on our site and on external sites.  We will be adding new specific health areas and further information continually.

The idea is for you to understand more about the health area you are addressing before you get too far building your action plan.

General Information

Depression is a mental illness that negatively affects the way you feel, the way you act, and the way you think. Millions of people all over the world fall victim to it every year, but most of us remain ignorant of its nature and causes. According to the American Psychological Association (2013), clinical depression as a mood disorder characterized by low energy, fatigue, loss of interest, lack of motivation, diminished ability to feel pleasure, and a depressed mood that’s present more often than not.

The number one most rampant psychiatric condition worldwide, it’s estimated that over 1 in every 6 (16.6%) of people all over the world will experience depression at some point in their lives (American Psychiatric Association, 2015). While none of these causes are singular or direct causes, they can provide insights into why some people are more prone to depression than others.

Depression is a debilitating illness which can affect anyone at any stage of their lives.  Depression often starts as a basic mood swing and builds over time. Catching depression early on can help a person to recovery a lot quicker than when depression has taken hold. There are differing degree of depression and some are so psychosomatic that it effects mobility.

Trying to understand depression and more importantly the causes of depression is very important.

We found a guide from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (a Canadian organisation) to be helpful – it’s not a substitute for treatment but it might help you understand the issue.

Background Information

There is information available which will help you formulate your action plan – both on our site and on external sites.

On our site


MindDrive covers all aspects of depression , anxiety and stress

We have relevant information on MindDrive

StressDrive provides help for people suffering from mental health issues

We have relevant information on StressDrive

On external site(s)

Getting a grip of depression as soon as you is the key. don’t leave it and think it will clear on its on. look at the link below;

Depression can start as a result of any action or activity. The smallest of issues can set off a trigger in the brain that then starts to build. If a person is holding down many issues in their lives the one trigger can set of emotions of other triggers that you previously held down and stable.

Understanding why i get depressed is important. follow the link below and any areas you recognise and wish to turn them into action place them in the action planner and then check out any of our specialist coaches who can help.


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7 Signs of Depression

If you or someone you know is dealing with a challenging situation and could benefit from additional support, consider talking to one of the 2,000 licensed online counselors at BetterHelp. Depression is a common form of mental illness that impacts over 15 million Americans.

Depression doesn’t look a certain way, and there are many types of it. Some examples of depression include Major Depressive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Dysthymia and Seasonal Affective Disorder. Even though there are many forms of depression, some of the symptoms overlap. For example, many people with depression feel a sense of worthlessness. Depression hurts people internationally. It doesn’t discriminate based upon race or gender.

Often depression is genetic meaning you are more likely to suffer from a form of depression if someone in your family has the illness. Some common signs of depression are: feeling lethargic, oversleeping, lack of appetite, social isolation, overeating and poor self-image. More severe symptoms of depression that require immediate attention are feeling suicidal, or not wanting to exist. If a friend or loved one says things like “I would be better off dead” or “no one would notice if I were gone,” these are dangerous statements, and they need help. Depression can be quite severe and even deadly if left untreated. Fortunately, there’s help available. A licensed therapist can support people who are suffering from depression and help them learn that there’s hope; they can make it through an extraordinarily painful time. Therapists understand depression and want to help people get well.

IMPORTANT: The information in this video is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images, and information contained in this video is for general information purposes only and does not replace a consultation with your doctor.

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In order for you to assess what you know about this health area, we suggest using a questionnaire. This might help you understand your situation in this area, or taking it might improve your understanding of the area.

You may be able to take this questionnaire online – either here on our site or on an external site – or download it and complete it on paper – it depends on copyright (and whether we’ve managed to build it on our site!).

The ways you can take a questionnaire:

PDF for download, Questionnaire on our site

Take Questionnaire on our site

You can take a questionnaire on our site. This will score the questions automatically and give you a summary showing what your score means.

Our Questionnaire

The Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ) is a self-administered version of the PRIME-MD diagnostic instrument for common mental disorders. The PHQ-9 is the depression module.  It was tested extensively in 6 primary health clinics and 7 obstetrics-gynecology clinics and assessed thoroughly.  In addition to making criteria-based diagnoses of depressive disorders, the PHQ-9 is also a reliable and valid measure of depression severity. These characteristics plus its brevity make the PHQ-9 a useful clinical and research tool.

While considerable attention has focused on improving the detection of depression, assessment of severity is also important in guiding treatment decisions.

It has nine simple questions and is used to screen depression and monitor changes in signs/symptoms of depression.  It is appropriate to be used with individuals 12 years of age and older.

Take this test and assess yourself. Use any findings or suggestions and put them into your action plan and take steps to change your behaviour.

PHQ9 Copyright © Pfizer Inc.

Welcome to your Depression Questionnaire PHQ-9

The PHQ-9 is a simple, nine question form used to screen depression and monitor changes in signs/symptoms of depression.  It is appropriate to be used with individuals 12 years of age and older.It can be self-administered or clinician-administered. The PHQ-9 is a multipurpose instrument for screening, diagnosing, monitoring and measuring the severity of depression: The PHQ-9 incorporates DSM-IV depression diagnostic criteria with other leading major depressive symptoms into a brief self-report tool.

PHQ9 Copyright © Pfizer Inc.

Over the last 2 weeks, how often have you been bothered by any of the following problems?
Select the answer which applies most to you.
Little interest or pleasure in doing things

Feeling down, depressed, or hopeless

Trouble falling/staying asleep, sleeping too much

Feeling tired or having little energy

Poor appetite or overeating

Feeling bad about yourself or that you are a failure or have let yourself or your family down

Trouble concentrating on things, such as reading the newspaper or watching television.

Moving or speaking so slowly that other people could have noticed. Or the opposite; being so fidgety or restless that you have been moving around a lot more than usual.

Thoughts that you would be better off dead or of hurting yourself in some way.

If you checked off any problem on this questionnaire so far, how difficult have these problems made it for you to do your work, take care of things at home, or get along with other people?

Download questionnaire and take it yourself

You can download at least one questionnaire from our site.  You will have to score the questionnaire yourself.

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A Butterfly Life: 4 Keys to More Happiness, Better Health and Letting Your True Self Shine

Times of change can be a challenge, no doubt! Whether it’s a relationship breakup, job loss, or being diagnosed with a serious health issue. Or you may WANT things to be different, but it feels a little scary or overwhelming. The butterfly reminds us change can be beautiful, even necessary, in order to realize our full potential and live our best life.