It's 9 p.m., and you're still at work. You can't relax at home with unfinished work on your desk. And if you don't get this done, your boss will be upset. At least, that's what you think.
It isn't the work that leaves you unable to relax. It's that you see the work as a threat. Stress is not a reaction to an event but rather to how you interpret the event, says psychologist Allan R. Cohen, PsyD. You think, "If I don't work late every night, I will get fired," or "My boss won't like me," or "My...
"The presence of anxiety, of a depressive mood or of a conflict within
the mind, does not stamp any individual as having a psychological problem
because, as a matter of fact, these qualities are indigenous to the
species," says Charles Goodstein, MD, clinical professor of psychiatry at
NYU Medical Center in New York City.
But if living on the "last straw" has more or less become your way
of life, experts say there's something on your mind that is crying out for your
"The key is how often you are feeling this sense of distress, how bad it
gets, and how long it lasts; that is what can help determine the seriousness of
your situation," says Abby Aronowitz, PhD, the director of
To help you gain some important perspective on the problems in your life,
three experts helped WebMD put together this list of symptoms you should not
ignore. If any of these signs seem true for you, speak to your family doctor
and request a complete physical. If everything checks out OK, ask your doctor
if you might benefit from professional counseling.