Guide to Mental Health Assessment Results

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Riin Rehemaa
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Welcome to your mental health assessment results. Understanding your mental wellness is crucial to achieving a better quality of life.

To help you navigate these findings, we have categorized the results into key areas of mental health. This structure allows you to focus on the subjects that may require more attention based on your assessment. Here’s a quick guide on how to read and understand the details of your evaluation.

Mood disorder

The Mood disorder factor shows tendencies to fall into depression or have mood disorders.

Depression and mood disorders are medically defined as conditions where individuals experience significant emotional disturbances that impact their daily lives. These disorders, including major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder, often arise from changes in brain chemistry, neurotransmitter imbalances, genetic factors, and environmental influences.

Indicators of mood disorders may include prolonged feelings of sadness or episodes of extreme happiness followed by depressive periods; also, changes in sleep patterns, appetite, energy level, concentration, daily behavior, or self-esteem can signal these disorders. Persistent thoughts of death or suicide are particularly concerning and deserve immediate attention.

Untreated mood disorders pose several risks, including deteriorating personal and professional relationships, increased risk of substance abuse, physical health issues like heart disease, and a significant risk of suicide. Early and appropriate treatment can mitigate these risks, improving overall quality of life.

In general, mood disorders or depression can affect up to 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men over their lifetimes, being one of the most common mental health issues in our society.

Anxiety

The Anxiety factor indicates your tendency to be overly anxious in general.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is a condition marked by persistent, excessive worry about various aspects of daily life for an extended period, such as health, finances, or work, without a specific reason. Those with GAD may experience restlessness, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, irritability, muscle tension, and sleep issues.

The causes of GAD include genetic factors, brain chemistry, and environmental stress. Untreated anxiety can lead to significant life disruptions, including difficulties in relationships, at work, or in school. There’s a higher risk of developing depression, substance abuse as a coping mechanism, or other anxiety disorders. Physical health can also decline, with an increased risk of chronic conditions such as heart disease.

Early treatment can help manage symptoms and improve quality of life. Treatment typically combines psychotherapy, particularly cognitive behavioral therapy, medication like antidepressants or anti-anxiety drugs, and lifestyle adjustments for stress management. This approach aims to help individuals manage symptoms and improve their quality of life.

About 4% of the population suffers from anxiety disorders, of which only about 1 out of 4 receive proper treatment. Women are twice as likely to be affected by GAD as men.

Fears and Discomforts

The Fears and Discomforts section shows your tendency for either panic attacks (for example, intense rush of fear or discomfort, accompanied by either physical and mental symptoms) or fear of open spaces (fear of large open spaces or squares, as well as crowded places).

Strong fears and panic attacks are sudden, intense bouts of fear accompanied by physical symptoms like heart palpitations and shortness of breath. Fear of open space, or agoraphobia, is a fear of being in situations where escape might be hard or help unavailable, leading to avoidance of such scenarios. 

Both conditions stem from a mix of genetic, psychological, and environmental factors. Treatments include cognitive-behavioral therapy, which addresses the thought patterns behind the fears, and medications like antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs aimed at managing symptoms.

Panic attacks and agoraphobia together affect around 4% of the population. These conditions are more common in women than men and tend to be more severe in adolescents compared to minors.

Social Pressure

The Social pressure factor shows your tendency to have social phobias, such as strong and persistent fear of situations in which you need to act amongst other people or be the center of attention.

Social phobia, also known as social anxiety disorder, is a condition where individuals experience intense fear or anxiety in social situations due to concerns about being judged, embarrassed, or scrutinized by others. This fear can significantly impact daily activities and social interactions. 

It is believed to stem from a combination of genetic, environmental, and psychological factors, including brain structure and experiences. Treatments often involve psychotherapy, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, and sometimes medications to manage symptoms.

Around 7% of the population suffers from social anxiety disorder.

Burnout

The Burnout factor indicates your level of mental exhaustion

Burnout is a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion due to prolonged stress, commonly arising from work. It leads to feelings of overwhelm, detachment, and reduced accomplishment. Key symptoms include emotional drainage, cynicism towards work and colleagues, and a sense of ineffectiveness. 

Although many health systems do not classify burnout as a medical condition, the World Health Organization acknowledges it as an “occupational phenomenon.” Burnout can affect anyone, and treatment focuses on lifestyle adjustments, stress management, setting clear work-life boundaries, and seeking support. Sometimes, a change in the work environment or profession may be necessary to recover and prevent recurrence.

Untreated burnout can lead to severe mental and physical health problems, including depression, anxiety, insomnia, heart disease, and a weakened immune system. It can also significantly impact job performance and career satisfaction, potentially leading to job loss.

Treating burnout involves several strategies:

  • Setting clear work-life boundaries.
  • Adopting stress-reduction techniques (like mindfulness or exercise).
  • Seeking support through therapy or support groups.
  • Potentially reevaluating job roles or career paths to find more meaningful and manageable work.

Industries most prone to burnout include healthcare, technology, education, law enforcement and first responders, finance, legal, social work, and retail/customer service. Factors contributing to high burnout rates in these sectors include long working hours, high emotional and physical demands, constant exposure to traumatic events, tight deadlines, and significant responsibility for dealing with difficult customers.

For example, studies suggest that around 50% of tech workers experience burnout at some point due to the fast-paced and high-pressure environment of the tech industry.

Sleep Disorder

The Sleep factor shows your predisposition to possible sleep disorders, which may be related foremost to depression or anxiety.

Sleep disorders encompass a range of conditions that affect the ability to sleep well regularly. These include insomnia (trouble falling or staying asleep), sleep apnea (breathing interruptions during sleep), restless legs syndrome (uncontrollable urge to move the legs), narcolepsy (excessive daytime sleepiness and sudden sleep attacks), circadian rhythm sleep disorders (disruptions in the sleep-wake cycle), and parasomnias (unusual behaviors during sleep, such as sleepwalking). 

Causes vary and can involve genetic, neurological, psychological, behavioral, and environmental factors. The consequences of sleep disorders extend to mood disturbances, diminished energy, impaired concentration, and overall health deterioration. 

Diagnosis typically involves a medical evaluation and possibly sleep studies. Treatment is tailored to the specific disorder and may include lifestyle adjustments, sleep hygiene improvement, medication, and specialized therapies like CPAP for sleep apnea or counseling for insomnia-related issues.

Studies suggest that around 30-40% of the adult population will experience some form of insomnia at some point in their lives.

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