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Depression/Burnout

Depression is a debilitating illness that can influence your thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Early identification can save your life. Get tested. Take control of your health.

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STATISTICS

1 in 4

Nigerians suffer from mental illness

15M

Nigerians die from suicide every year

#1

Nigeria is ranked as the most depressed country in the African continent

Depression is more than being sad or feeling grief after a loss; it is a medical condition.

Day after day, depression affects your thoughts, feelings, physical health and behaviours. Untreated, symptoms can last for weeks, months, or years, and if inadequately treated, depression can lead to significant impairment, other health-related issues, and in rare cases, suicide.

Burnout is a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by prolonged exposure to excessive stress. Burnout is classified as an “occupational phenomenon,” meaning it results from chronic workplace stress.

 

 

Symptoms of depression include: 

  • Feelings of sadness
  • Preoccupation with past failures or inadequacies
  • Loss of self-esteem
  • Feelings of anxiety
  • Feelings of uselessness, hopelessness, excessive guilt
  • Slowed thinking, forgetfulness, difficulty concentrating, difficulty in making decisions
  • Loss of interest in work, hobbies, people
  • Lethargy and fatigue
  • Agitation or restlessness
  • Changes in weight and appetite
  • Oversleeping or insomnia
  • Decreased sexual drive
  • Thoughts of death, dying or suicide

 

Symptoms of burnout include:

  • Emotional, physical, or mental exhaustion
  • Anxiety
  • insomnia
  • Trouble with memory
  • Poor job performance
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Feelings of hopelessness

Common types of depression

  1. Major depression
    Major depression is a state where a dark mood is all-consuming, and one loses interest in activities, even ones that are usually pleasurable. Thoughts of death or suicide may occur. It is usually treated with psychotherapy and medication.
  1. Persistent depressive disorder
    This type of depression refers to a low mood that has lasted for at least two years but may not reach the intensity of major depression. Many people with this type of depression type can function daily but feel low or joyless much of the time. 
  1. Bipolar disorder
    People with bipolar disorder have episodes of depression. But they also go through periods of unusually high energy or activity. Manic symptoms look like the opposite of depression symptoms. Being manic can feel great, but it doesn’t last long, can lead to self-destructive behaviour, and is usually followed by a period of depression.
  1. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
    This type of depression emerges as days get shorter in the fall and winter. The mood change may result from alterations in the body’s natural daily rhythms, in the eyes’ sensitivity to light, or in how chemical messengers function. 
  1. Pre menstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD)
    This type of depression is a severe form of premenstrual syndrome or PMS. Symptoms of PMDD usually begin shortly after ovulation and end once menstruation starts. 

Causes of Depression

Depression is thought to be caused by a complex combination of genetic, biological, psychological, and environmental factors. The condition usually develops between the ages of 15 and 30 and is much more common in women than in men. 

Depression Risk factors

Gender (Women are more at risk of depression than men)

Childhood trauma

Family history of mental illness

Experiencing stressful life events

Little or no close personal relationships

Motherhood (postpartum depression)

Serious illness

Alcohol or drugs abuse

Causes of burnout

Burnout results from excessive and prolonged physical, emotional and behavioural work-related stress. Burnout leads to professional dissatisfaction and can affect other areas of life as well, such as personal relationships, overall contentment and health. 

Burnout Risk factors

Heavy workload

When you have an increased workload, you may feel stressed and negatively impact your professional growth and development, which in turn may lead to burnout.

Lack of autonomy

Feeling like you lack autonomy, access to resources, and a say in decisions that impact your professional life can take a toll on your well-being. 

Lack of reward/recognition

If the extrinsic and intrinsic rewards for your job don’t match the amount of effort and time you put into them, then you’re likely to feel like the investment is not worth the effort. 

Poor treatment

If you believe you are treated unfairly, it may trigger feelings of burnout.

Value misalignment

If you highly value something your company does not (or vice versa), your motivation to work hard and persevere can significantly drop.

Poor work-life balance

Lack of work-life balance can lead to burnout and other serious health conditions such as high blood pressure, heart conditions, and muscular pains. 

Frequently Asked Questions

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Still need answers?

Can depression affect physical health?

Mental health and physical health are closely interrelated. Depression is linked with changes in the brain. Additionally, depression can increase the risk for medical conditions such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, osteoporosis, and migraine. Chronic depression can also increase the risk of obesity.

Is burnout recognised as a mental illness?

Burnout is not considered a mental illness, but it is recognised as a mental health issue.Burnout is not considered a mental illness, but it is recognised as a mental health issue.

Can untreated burnout lead to depression?

Studies have shown that constant stress and burnout can lead to depression and anxiety. Burnout can also hurt your relationships both at work and in your personal life. It is helpful to recognise when you are in the early stages of burnout so you can take action to avoid it becoming a more serious issue.

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