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Counseling for Job, Life or School Stress and "Burnout"

 A certain degree of stress is a normal part of life, however chronic and unrelenting stress is unhealthy and can lead a person to develop a whole host of both mental health symptoms, as well as physical symptoms. The negative effects of chronic stress can creep up so slowly that they may be hard to notice at first.  


If you've been in a stressful state for a long time, it's very easy to lose sight of how much stress is negatively effecting you and impacting your long-term well-being. The stressful lifestyle can start to feel so "normal" that you may not  think it's a serious problem until the effects eventually build to the point of becoming so severe and debilitating that they can no longer be ignored. This is referred to as "burnout": a state of complete mental and physical exhaustion.   


If you've been beginning to sense that stress may be starting to affect your mental health, now is the time to address the issue, before the situation becomes worse. Counseling can help you learn more about the signs of stress in your life and develop the stress management skills to prevent further stress-related illness. 

Have you been experiencing any of the following symptoms of stress and burnout?

Cognitive Symptoms​

  • Memory problems

  • Inability to concentrate

  • Increasingly poor judgment and decision-making

  • Seeing only the negative

  • Anxious or racing thoughts

  • Constant worrying

Behavioral symptoms:

  • Eating a lot more; or less, than usual

  • Sleeping too much or too little; disrupted sleep

  • Withdrawing from family/friends/coworkers

  • Procrastinating or neglecting responsibilities

  • Using alcohol, cigarettes, or drugs to relax

  • Nervous habits (e.g. nail biting, pacing)

Emotional symptoms:

  • Depression, pessimism, or general unhappiness

  • Anxiety and agitation

  • Increased moodiness, irritability, or anger

  • Feeling overwhelmed; tearful breakdowns

  • Loneliness and sense of isolation

  • Increased apathy; lack of motivation

Physical symptoms:

  • Aches and pains; headaches

  • Diarrhea or constipation

  • Nausea, dizziness

  • Chest pain, rapid heart rate

  • Loss of sex drive

  • Frequent colds or flu

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Stress is already hard enough. You don't have to try to manage it without any support!
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