„Burnout is an enduring negative mental state, often related to work. It is primarily characterised by fatigue accompanied by anxiety and tension, a feeling of reduced productivity, sinking motivation and the development of a dysfunctional attitude and behavioural patterns.
The seamless transition from ordinary tiredness to the first stages of burnout is often ignored, and instead considered a “normal” development. If however neither internal nor external circumstances show any significant change, the risk of a serious illness is high.
Anxiety disorders count among the most common mental disorders globally. They present with a range of physical and psychological symptoms and often occur in conjunction with depression. Frequently diagnosed forms of anxiety are:
- Phobias: fear of certain triggers like fear of flying, social phobias, fear of crowds, fear of travelling alone on public transport, etc.
- Panic attacks: suddenly occurring anxiety attacks without any obvious triggers
- Generalised anxiety: a more or less permanent state of anxiety without any obvious triggers
Depression is characterised by a deep sadness and a loss of interest and joy. Also frequently observed are a distinct lack of energy, anxiety, sluggishness, insomnia, trouble concentrating and a loss of appetite.
Depression is a serious illness and requires specialised treatment.
Here, we distinguish between trouble falling asleep and trouble staying asleep or premature awakening, which can all lead to tiredness during the day and problems concentrating. An early intervention using so-called sleep hygiene measures as well as adequate treatment are important factors, which will prevent insomnia from becoming a chronic issue.
Insomnia can have many causes, stress being the most frequently recognised.