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Self-Assessments

Many times people feel as if there is something not quite right about themselves or their life situation. In this chapter, you will find general signs and symptoms associated with mental health concerns, burn-out and self-assessment tools. In general, mental illnesses fall under distinct categories known as affective, psychotic or anxiety disorders. If you or someone you know is experiencing any symptoms of a mental disorder, help is available. You may contact your physician, EAP or a local mental health center in your area. The following are some common symptoms associated with mental illness and burn-out.

Affective Disorder- This is a broad category of mental disorders that primarily involve changes or fluctuations in affect or emotional regulation. For example: Depressive Disorders and Bipolar Disorders. Signs of Depression:

  • Feeling depressed

  • Problems with appetite

  • Lack of energy or fatigue

  • Difficulty with memory and concentration

  • Lack of interest in activities

  • Worthlessness, hopelessness, helplessness

  • Thoughts of death

Signs of Bipolar Disorder:

  • Mood fluctuations between depression and mania

  • Increased energy

  • Decreased need for sleep

  • Pressured speech

  • Thoughts that are racing

  • Distractibility

  • Increased in goal-directed activity (money spending, sex, gambling)

  • Psychomotor agitation

  • Inflated self-esteem/grandiosity

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