Dysthymia is a long lasting, mild form of depression (Mayo Clinic Staff, 2015). It is not what we would expect from depression because people with dysthymia often carry out all their daily productive tasks. As such, it has been dubbed “high-functioning depression”.
It's Sunday afternoon. You've spent the morning slowly rising out of bed, running errands that you've put off during the week, and have even managed to hit up your favourite brunch spot.
Then it sinks in ... tomorrow is MONDAY.
You suddenly feel a wave of anxiety rush over you. The relaxation and enjoyment of the weekend's activities come to a halt. You begin to preoccupy your thoughts about the upcoming work week; thoughts of upcoming projects and meetings, colleagues that you need to attend to, conflicts that are unresolved. Your mood takes a down turn, and you begin to feel irritable and restless. You may even have a tough time falling, or staying asleep as those ruminating thoughts about your upcoming workweek invade your mind. If these feelings resonate with you, you might have a case of the 'Sunday Night Blues.'
With a masters graduation ceremony and a licensing exam on the horizon, I spent nearly 2 months in a warehouse. Walking briskly down musty aisles picking out clothes and accessories for online orders, daydreaming about the best-selling novel I’d never write, interacting with co-workers with limited education and/or English skills – I spent my days wondering how I ended up here.
We cannot talk about workplace mental health without dealing with the reality of the job market – which is that some people are underemployed (high skilled workers working low paying jobs), precariously employed, or between jobs and unemployed.
We’ve all experienced it from time to time, some of us more consistently than others. Monday blues are often a mixture of sadness, hopelessness, and anxiety about the entire work day or the workweek ahead of you (Smith, 2013). You might feel sluggish or wound up. We have got your covered with tips for beating the Monday blues.
While cognitive issues relating to brain injury remain stable or improve over time, mental health symptoms can have an onset that post-dates the injury, or fluctuate depending on mood (Brain Injury Help, 2015). In fact, those living with an acquired brain injury are often more susceptible than the general population to mental health issues such as anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and depression ...