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truckiesonline supports beyondblue

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

beyondblue is for you

beyondblue is for you

We at truckiesonline supports the great work beyondblue offers to the transport industry which truckiesonline is part of. We will publish relevant information to people of the trucking industry so that “truckies” get benefit and understanding about “depression“.

What is diurnal mood variation?

beyondblue’s Clinical Advisor Assoc/Prof Michael Baigent explains:
Diurnal mood variation is a symptom of depression defined by feeling worse in the morning and better as the day goes on. It’s a symptom usually associated with more severe or melancholic depression and is accompanied by a range of other depression symptoms. These can include loss of appetite, sleep disturbance with early morning wakening, weight loss, low energy and low sex-drive.

Diurnal mood variation shouldn’t be confused with “not being a morning person”. If you wake up and don’t want to go to work, but you don’t have any other symptoms of depression – there might be other causes for why you feel unhappy. With diurnal mood variation, we’re usually talking about more severe depression. It’s not as though you wake up feeling terrible then feel great by tea time, you’re quite depressed all day, but you feel absolutely dreadful when you wake up.

We don’t know a great deal about what causes it, but it’s likely to have something to do with our biological circadian rhythms (a person’s natural body clock).

For a clinician, it is usually an indication to consider antidepressants for treatment. That is not to say that you don’t get diurnal mood variation with the milder forms of depression, because you can, but it’s not as common.

Based on my clinical experience, I probably see the diurnal mood variation symptom in around a quarter to a third of people with more severe forms of depression.

Diurnal mood variation is not treated as an isolated symptom. The approach to treatment of clinical depression involves first excluding medical causes, then deciding on appropriate treatment. That might include an antidepressant medication and psychosocial treatments as well (i.e. talking therapies and lifestyle changes). In cases of severe depression, the person may benefit by being referred to a psychiatrist for assessment of the best treatment options.

It can take a bit of time to get better from it and generally the longer you leave treatment, the harder it can be to get on top of.

ATA supports beyondblue

Friday, September 25th, 2009

Raising Anxiety and Depression Awareness during ADA month
The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) will show support for beyondblue: the national depression initiative by putting anxiety and depression on the trucking industry’s radar during October.
The Chairman of the ATA, Trevor Martyn, today announced the association’s involvement in beyondblue’s Anxiety and Depression Awareness (ADA) Month, which aims to raise awareness of symptoms and where to get help – and address the associated stigma.


Mr Martyn said that depression affects around one million Australians each year of all ages and backgrounds, including people in the trucking industry and every other industry too.
“In Anxiety and Depression Awareness Month, the ATA will run a campaign to urge trucking operators and employees to get the facts and seek help early if they think they have depression,” he said.
“Depression is much more serious than feeling sad every now and then or having a bad day on the road. If you aren’t travelling too well, don’t be embarrassed to have a chat to your doctor. The sooner you recognise you’re not well, the sooner you can get treatment and be on the road to recovery.
CEO of beyondblue, Leonie Young, said: “We’re very pleased to work with the ATA to let people in the trucking industry know there are treatments for depression and anxiety that can help you recover.
“Less than half the people affected by depression seek help, because they don’t recognise the signs of depression, they don’t know where to get help, or they’re too ashamed to talk about how they feel.
“It’s not a sign of weakness to ask for help. Talk to your doctor or contact the beyondblue info line on 1300 22 4636,” she said.

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The ATA and beyondblue invite trucking operators to participate in ADA Month, including by:
• distributing beyondblue information and posters in workplaces and depots, available free from www.beyondblue.org.au/adamonth or by calling 1800 226 718 (free call).
• nominating a ‘wear blue’ day for staff to raise awareness of anxiety and depression.
• booking a beyondblue National Workplace Program workshop to help staff or managers recognise anxiety and depression in their colleagues.
• changing the company’s on-hold message during October to include information about
depression, beyondblue’s web address and info line number, 1300 22 4636.
The ATA’s awareness campaign will consist of feature articles in industry magazines, advice for truck drivers and trucking operators in the ATA’s e-newsletters and an information pack for operators on the ATA’s website.
The ATA has separately recommended to the National Transport Commission that depression screening should be included in the medical checkups undertaken by commercial drivers. Commercial drivers whose screening results suggested depression would be referred for help. The recommendation would not put their licenses at risk: drivers would continue to hold their licenses unconditionally unless restrictions became necessary under the medical standards that apply now.

Media contacts
Australian Trucking Association Stuart St Clair 02 6277 7680 / 0428 488 330
beyondblue Jane Gardner 03 9810 6100 / 0428 333 917
About the Australian Trucking Association
The ATA is the peak body that represents the trucking industry. Its members include state and sector transport associations, the Transport Workers Union, some of Australia’s largest logistics companies, and elected representatives of owner-drivers and small fleet operators.
About beyondblue
beyondblue is a national, independent, not-for-profit organisation working to address issues associated with depression, anxiety and related substance misuse disorders in Australia