Depression Xplained


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About 1 in 6 people experience depression at some stage in their lives.1

In any one year, around 1 million Australian adults have depression, and over 2 million have anxiety.1 It's important to reach out for help if you or someone you know is feeling this way.

David's story may help.

Depression Xplained Podcast

Real people just like you talk openly about their mental health journey. Listen to the Depression Xplained Podcast now on your preferred streaming platform.

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David has Depression

My Name is David, I’m 23 years old.

I’ve had depression since I was a young teenager, being formally diagnosed when I was 17. Living with this condition has been a challenge. It’s pervasive, insidious, and has had an effect on nearly every aspect of my life since I developed it. Through the right combination of lifestyle habits, support, and medication I’ve learned to at worst keep myself above ground and at best live what passes as a normal life.

Medicine X Story

Working as a medical doctor, Medicine X founder, Kim Chilman-Blair realised that far too many people are confused about their diagnoses, their conditions, and their treatments. The language that doctors use, and what everyday people understand can be two totally different things.

Here at Medicine X, we believe that everyone should feel informed and empowered so they can engage with their doctors and be involved in making medical decisions. That’s why Medicine X isn’t just another boring and complicated fact sheet – we explain medical issues through stories based on real people. It’s relatable, simple, and gives you the information you need.

We hope this helps you on your journey!

About Depression Xplained

Real People

The Depression Xplained story is based on a real person — David! It reflects his story, his experiences, and his advice to others. There have also been lots of people who contributed along the way with their stories and advice. Thanks to everyone who helped create Depression Xplained!

Our Team

The Medicine X team is doctors, artists, and creative writers who all work to make sure of one thing — the information is easy to understand. No more medical jargon! Everything is correct and up-to-date!


Depression Xplained has been reviewed by experts in the field to ensure all of our medical content is accurate, up-to-date and relevant.

Experts Involved in Depression Xplained

A collaborative community effort.

A wide community of people have contributed to the development of Depression Xplained.
The starting point being the story of David, as well as those people who participated in our focus group. From this, medical experts, relevant medical bodies and medical institutions were all involved to create reliable and accurate information you can depend on.

Along the way, the story has been reviewed by these experts and shared with the focus group to help evolve and optimize the content. Thank you to all of those who were involved!

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Medicine X would like to thank their sponsor Servier for their collaboration and Sane Australia for their consultation on Depression Xplained.

The pursuit of excellence in research, medicines and people management Servier takes great pride in its unique cultural heritage as a privately owned, French research-based ethical pharmaceutical company.

In particular, we acknowledge that our success derives from an exceptionally high ratio of investment in research together with the quality, loyalty and commitment of our people.
1: Australian Bureau of Statistics. (2008). National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing: Summary of Results, 2007. Cat. no. (4326.0). Canberra: ABS.

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