Life presents us with unexpected challenges and difficulties. Sometimes those difficulties are easy to work through and solutions can be found. But, there are other times when the solution cannot be found no matter how hard we try. The solutions we seek seem to elude us and the harder we try to find the answers the worse things get. We do not know what to do next and this leads to frustration and confusion. We don’t feel “normal” and can’t quite put our finger on why we can’t get back to our familiar selves. We don’t recognize ourselves and the challenges seem to be getting the better of us.
Below, is a list of some of the symptoms for Depression, Anxiety, Substance Abuse, and Burnout. These Self Assessments are listed here to help you determine if it is time to seek professional help for your difficulties. It is not meant to be a full assessment, but a starting point for you to look seriously at yourself and your situation.
Like depression, anxiety is also a part of our life. We all experience some form of anxiety each and every day. Anxiety is a basic emotion, a fundamental response to a threat. Most of us worry and become tense when we are under pressure or face a stressful situation. But, when anxiety begins to get in your way and alter the way you live, it no longer serves you well and more help becomes necessary. Left unchecked anxiety can cause significant emotional and physical harm.
Do you find yourself:
- Critical of yourself and others
- Seeing things in "black-and-white" in absolutes
- Predicting doom and gloom
- Over-reacting to minor problems
- Engaging in self-defeating behavior
- Repeating the same behaviors despite your efforts to change
- Constantly tense, worried or on edge
- Noticing that anxiety is interfering with your work, school, or family responsibilities
- Plagued by fears that you know are irrational, but can’t shake
- Avoiding everyday situations or activities because they cause you anxiety
- Experiencing sudden, unexpected attacks of heart-pounding panic
- Feeling like danger and catastrophe are around every corner
We are all accustomed to periods of mental, emotional and physical exhaustion. Most of the time, we move through these periods with very little side effects. When we go through extremely stressful periods in our lives that become prolonged, we become susceptible to experiencing what is called Burn-out. Burn-out is a psychological state that can lead to profound physical and mental problems. If the conditions causing the burn-out are not checked early, feelings of being overwhelmed can become chronic. You begin to lose interest in your life, your work, and your relationships. You can become trapped in a downhill slide if you don’t know the symptoms of burn-out or if you ignore them.
See if you have some of the following symptoms:
- Increased muscle tension
- Trouble concentrating / focusing
- Restlessness or inability to relax
- A lack of motivation
- Little or no interest in work, family or friend