Profiles - Age 55-64
A retired secretary with a grown son, who was first diagnosed with depression in 1970, and has had a number of episodes since and was hospitalised twice.
Is a divorcee and teacher with 2 children (12, 15 years). She has had 3 episodes of depression (bipolar) each year for the past 3 years, recovering by Christmas.
Has one son and one daughter. Was unhappy as a child. She has had post-natal depression and numerous severe bouts of depression. She has not needed medication for many years.
Works in the service industry, married with 4 grown children. Had a difficult childhood family life. She has had ongoing bouts of depression.
Was initially a foster child who was adopted, and has felt different and alone since childhood. Feels she has probably had depression since childhood. Now married with one grown son.
Has two grown children and a new partner with a 12y/o son. He suffered a manic episode in 2000 at a time he was a 'workaholic' and life seemed out of control. He went into hospital voluntarily.