Burnout vs. Depression

Burnout vs. Depression

By: Christina Mesa

Has work been making you feel exhausted lately? Have been feeling increasingly negative thoughts about work lately? Is it hard for you to concentrate at work?  If you said yes to any of these questions, you may be experiencing burnout.  Burnout is a relatively new phenomenon in which people feel exhausted and stressed because of the profession they are in.  Burnout often is especially apparent in “helping professions” such as nurses or doctors. Symptoms of burnout include exhaustion, withdrawal from work-related activities, and reduced performance at work.  Burnout and depression are often confused for each other, as the two share symptoms such as exhaustion, feeling low, and reduced performance.  Burnout is different than depression however, as people with depression not only think negative thoughts about work, but all aspects of life in general.  Symptoms of depression include low self-esteem, hopelessness, and suicidal thoughts.  People with burnout do not always have depression, although burnout may increase the risk of someone having depression.

If you or a loved one appears to be suffering from burnout or depression, licensed psychologists, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, and psychotherapists at Arista Counseling & Psychotherapy can assist you. Contact our Paramus, NJ or Manhattan, NY offices respectively, at (201) 368-3700 or (212) 722-1920 to set up an appointment.  For more information, visit http://www.counselingpsychotherapynjny.com/


Sleep Paralysis: Waking Up Paralyzed

Waking Up Paralyzed

By: Kristine Dugay

Imagine waking up on any given day, you’re conscious, but you can’t move a muscle as if you’re paralyzed. If you find yourself unable to speak or move for a few seconds or minutes upon waking up or falling asleep, there is a great chance that you have sleep paralysis. On average, four out of every ten people may have sleep paralysis, and both men and women of any age can have it. Sleep paralysis occurs when a person passes between stages of wakefulness and sleep. This condition occurs one of two times. If it happens as you are falling asleep, it is called hypnagogic or predormital sleep paralysis. If it occurs as you are waking up, it is called hypnopompic or postdormital sleep paralysis. Though it may run in families, factors that may be linked to the condition include lack of sleep, sleep schedule changes, mental conditions such as stress or bipolar disorder, narcolepsy, certain medications, and substance abuse.

While being in this state of mind is extremely frightening, there is no need to treat this condition. Sleep paralysis is usually self-treatable and self-diagnosable. Although treatment depends on severity, the main way of treating sleep paralysis is improving your sleeping habits. However, treatment can also include treating any mental health problems that may contribute to sleep paralysis or using antidepressant medication if it is prescribed to help regulate sleep cycles. Sleep paralysis is most commonly found in those who are narcoleptic or have sleep apnea, but unfortunately it can affect anyone. Common symptoms include anxiety, hallucinations, and paralysis.

If you feel your symptoms cause anxiety, leave you very tired throughout the day, or keep you up during the night, the psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, social workers, and psychotherapists at Arista Counseling can help you. Contact our Paramus, NJ or Manhattan, NY offices respectively at (201) 368-3700 or (212) 722-1920 to set up an appointment.

Sources: http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/guide/sleep-paralysis#2 http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/narcolepsy/basics/symptoms/con-20027429

Depression – Why is Depression on the Rise? – Bergen County NJ

By: Davine Holness

Depression statistics: A disturbing trend shows a striking increase in depression in the past half century

Depression statistics: A disturbing trend shows a striking increase
in depression in the past half century

A disturbing trend has been occurring in recent decades.  Around the globe, depression has been on the rise.  In fact, the World Health Organization states that suicide rates have gone up by a shocking 60% in the past half-century.  Furthermore, the worldwide burden (a measure of time lost to healthy years of life) of mental illness and substance abuse has gone up by 36.7% since 1990.  Certain factors – such as the fact that mental illness is losing its stigma causing more people to report and get treatment for depression – contribute to the increase in depression rates.  Nevertheless, even taking these possible confounds into consideration cannot entirely explain the trend.  This change has many bewildered and wondering: What is causing depression to increase in prevalence?  Definite answers are hard to come by, but research has produced various theories which are accepted by many health professionals.


One factor that is often faulted for the increase in depression is the food we consume.  In the past several decades there has been an exponential increase in the consumption of processed foods.  Substances such as high fructose corn syrup and genetically engineered wheat gluten – things that weren’t present in our ancestral environment – can have unwanted effects on our bodies, leaving us vulnerable to psychological stressors.  It is well known that body and mental health are tightly correlated, so many scientists attribute part of the increase in depression to our dietary changes.


Another probable contributor is that people are now much less connected to one another than they used to be.  Face-to-face conversation is increasingly replaced by video chats, voice calls, and textual communication, each method less personal than the previous.  Physical touch is at an all-time low: many of us now make physical contact with our cell phones more often than with each other.  We are also less dependent on one another now that technology can provide us with so much information and so many services. We google questions we would have asked our friends.  We use GPS systems for directions rather than asking one another.  We seem to need each other less and less.  But interdependence and physical touch have been found to bring us joy.  Humans have a need to feel connected, and since today’s society is structured in a way that often neglects this need, feelings of sadness and loneliness are allowed to fester in a way that less likely prior to recent technological advances.


Stress is another major concern for current mental (and physical) health.  More than ever before, people seem to be constantly busy.  Expectations are high, productivity is emphasized, and our fast-paced society leaves us little time to relax.  Even when we do get time to take a healthy break, we often feel that we should be doing something, or we don’t know how to relax.  The constant pressure from work, family, and living up to society’s standards is likely to be one of the culprits for the way depression has crept into higher prevalence rates.


Social media has also been blamed, due to the way it causes us to compare ourselves to our peers.  A profile on a social media website or application is crafted by the individual it represents, and people usually choose to expose the best parts of their lives while obscuring the worst parts.  People compare themselves to these altered presentations of their friends and feel that their lives come up short.  Websites like facebook often plague people with images of parties to which they weren’t invited, vacations they can’t afford, and milestones in life that they haven’t reached.  We don’t realize that we’re only seeing one side of someone’s life, so our comparisons lead to jealousy.  As a result, people are less content with their lives.


Whatever the cause, depression is a pressing matter that cannot be ignored in modern-day societies.  If you think you might be depressed it is important to talk to someone to get help.  Feel free to contact the Bergen County, NJ or Manhattan offices of psychologists, psychiatrists and psychotherapists of Arista Counseling and Psychiatric Services at (201) 368-3700 or (212) 722-1920.


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