Depression,
Anxiety, Crying, Tired
We understand you

Depression.com.au is a Free
Community Service written by
Dr. David Horgan
Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry

Depression, with anxiety, crying, feeling tired, not coping and poor concentration is a secret but very common illness, which will affect 20% of Australians. As a sufferer or as a supporter of someone with this illness, you are not alone. We understand and want to help.

It is like diabetes or asthma, an illness, due to a build up of pressures, which can happen to anyone. Many famous and successful Australians have this illness. Mild illnesses settle quickly with your own efforts, but more severe illness is something you have little or no ability to fight without professional help and medication. So don’t feel worthless, guilty etc, and get help from your GP before it digs in.

Stress can lead to anxiety / worrying and to depression. It is not a sign of weakness.

Stress, viruses and childbirth can trigger this illness in people who never had it previously. If you have trouble with concentration when you are reading or watching TV, are crying easily, or feel very tired, you may have depression. We provide lots of information, and the psychologists on this site can assist you with assessment, counselling and choosing the best therapy.

NOTE FROM CLINICAL A/PROF DAVID HORGAN: Please believe me, after many years of experience, that depression can be totally wiped out! You are not weak, you are not worthless, you are not a permanent burden, you are not any of the other negatives that the illness tries to tell you…you have a very common illness which WILL pass. And you are not alone, just ask for help.

DR DAVID HORGAN

Dr. David Horgan was educated in Dublin, where he won his training hospital medals in both medicine and surgery. He trained in psychiatry in Edinburgh. He completed his Membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in the UK, and also obtained a Diploma in Psychological Medicine from the Royal College of Surgeons & Physicians in London.

He simultaneously obtained the degree of Master of Philosophy in Psychiatry from the University of Edinburgh. Dr. Horgan moved to Melbourne as a Consultant Psychiatrist in the Royal Melbourne Hospital. He completed his Fellowship of the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, and he also completed a Doctorate Thesis in the University of Melbourne, on Psychiatric Aspects of Coronary Artery Surgery. He is mainly involved in private practice in psychiatry, particularly treating resistant depression, usually on referral from other psychiatrists.

He owns:
www.depression.com.au
www.bipolarillness.com.au
www.thepsychologist.com.au

He has an intense commitment to community suicide prevention. He established an Australia-wide freecall telephone suicide prevention service in 1997, listed under Suicide in all 55 telephone directories, which receives many thousands of calls per year.

He also established the websites:
www.suicideprevention.com.au
www.aftersuicide.com.au
www.nopresentsplease.com.au as community services.

He has recently established the registered Harm Prevention charity Australian Suicide Prevention Foundation, and its fundraising website. Dr Horgan has been heavily involved over many years in teaching psychiatry to GPs, emphasizing practicalities, and encouraging GPs to expand their treatment options. Please note that Dr Horgan is fully booked treating resistant depression, and is only rarely available for once-off assessments on referral from a GP.