Frequently Awesome Questions #3: Detailed Answers

Every month or so Shoalhaven Youth Reference Group members and headspace Nowra staff take real questions we've been asked by local young people at school workshops through our "anonymous question box" and give some answers.

We usually use some funny/strange questions and some more serious ones.

Check out the latest video in the series here www.facebook.com/headspacenowra

See below for detailed answers to the questions asked in our latest FAQ video.

Why do boys be mean to girls if they like them?

Hmmm. That's a tough one. Maybe find a boy you know and ask them?

Does medication help with depression and anxiety?

It can, but everyone is different so it really depends on the person. Our buddies at Beyondblue have a good overview about medication and depression here https://www.beyondblue.org.au/the-facts/depression/treatments-for-depression/medical-treatments-for-depression . Long story short, it's something you'd want to talk about with your Doctor to make sure you are getting good advice from a professional.

How can I tell if my depression is serious?

All depression is serious. Sometimes being a little bit 'depressed' or feeling down can turn into something worse; what we would call 'clinical depression'. The good news is it's not up to you to know the difference. That's what we have doctors and psychologists and mental health professionals for! If you think you're depressed, talk to someone about it. Again, our peeps at Beyondblue have some good info here about signs and symptoms of depression that might help you understand how you're feeling. https://www.beyondblue.org.au/the-facts/depression/signs-and-symptoms

Does headspace Nowra have someone to help out with a fitness and dieting plan?

Good question! There is SO MUCH information out there about how we exercise and what we eat. It can be super hard to even know where to start or who to believe. A good place to start is with your GP. We have GPs here at headspace Nowra who can help with ANY physical health question you might have. In addition we do have access to dieticians and exercise physiologists here- whose whole job it is to know about that stuff and what the science says about what you should be doing. However the GP would probably still be the best starting point. If you want more info on how we can help with this feel free to give us a call and we can chat to you about it. The Butterfly Foundation has this awesome fact sheet on body image and how we think about how we think and feel about our bodies- it's kind of long but worth a read if you have a few minutes spare. http://www.nedc.com.au/files/logos/0638_NEDC_FS_BI_v4.pdf