GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) Most people know that familiar feeling of exhaustion or frustration often referred to as “burn out.” But how do you know if you’re burned out or actually depressed? Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services says burnout and depression can overlap, since they have similar symptoms.
Pine Rest says you may be depressed if you have at least five of these symptoms occurring nearly every day for at least two weeks:
- Feeling sad or empty
- Having little interest or pleasure in doing things
- Experiencing a change in appetite with weight loss or weight gain
- Trouble falling or staying asleep, or sleeping too much
- Being tired, fatigued and having no energy
- Feeling worthless or guilty that you have let yourself or your family down
- Moving slowly or the opposite – being overly fidgety and restless
- Having difficulty thinking or concentrating on things such as reading the newspaper or watching TV
- Letting personal hygiene go – not bathing or not dressing well
- Recurring thoughts of hurting yourself or thinking that you’d be better off dead
The best way to help prevent burnout and depression is to practice better stress management. That could include regular exercise including meditation, yoga, or tai chi, staying in touch with people who provide you a support network, seeking help if you can’t cope with stress in your life, setting priorities including what you can do and what you’re unable to do, making time for relaxation, and sharing your concerns about stress in your life.
If you need help managing stress or depression, call Pine Rest at 800-678-5500.