Excerpts from the 45 minute video

Me depressed?
Don't make me laugh!

"I've been on the very floor of hell with depression for half my life... but now I know that it doesn't last forever. It does pass." - Spike Milligan

"I sort of visualise the perfect woman about town whose got a really good job, and she's got kids, and she dresses really well, and she's a really good gardener, and she's a really good cook, and she's really organised, and she's perfect. And that's everything that I'm not. Cause I can't even get a cup of tea together." - Sally

"I felt life was very hard and I was thinking 'Why is it like this? Am I making it like this or what is actually happening for me? And that was the point in time where I started trying to work our what was actually happening." - Michael

"Words don't describe how extreme those feelings of remorse are that if someone had been able to help me earlier a lot of that wouldn't have happened." - Belinda

"Depression is very common in the community. We expect that about one in twenty people at any one time will be suffering from depression and that one in five people will have an episode of depression at some time in their life. The truth of the matter is though that a lot of people suffering from depression don't get treatment. They aren't in treatment. We think that about only 50% have their depression recognised and properly treated in the community." - Professor Philip Boyce, professor of psychiatry, University of Sydney

"The idea of cognitive therapy is that you use your own thinking to actually make you feel better. And if you recognise where you've got your faulty thinking, which is part of why you are depressed, then you can change that into more rational thinking, or thinking that will help you through your day." - Sally

"The situation was Emily not turning up and coming out on Friday night as we planned." - Sally using a diary method to work through an incident that had affected her badly for days

"You can use the techniques in a range of situations. I use some of the techniques from cognitive therapy myself in planning how I'm going to carry out activities or if things go wrong for me I use the techniques routinely to prevent myself from getting depressed. And that's the good thing about cognitive therapy. Once you know how to do it you can actually prevent getting episodes of depression when something goes wrong. That's something drugs don't do." - Professor Philip Boyce

"It felt like I had my hand on the brake and my foot on the accellerator at the same time... Finally I went to a doctor who specialises in this sort of stuff and they put me on lithium. I've been fine ever since actually." - Belinda discussing her bipolar depression

"My father, I heard him saying to my mother 'Why can't he fight it? Why can't he pull himself out of it? What's the matter with him? Pull himself together. Poor man, he loved me but he didn't understand. That's the very frightening thing about this illness. It to such an extent tranforms you into a different person, and therefore you are divided from ordinary person, and that ordinary person might not understand." - Spike Milligan, who also suffers from bipolar disorder

"So once you've actually experienced coming out of a depression it gets better because you know it actually does pass." - Sally