Since 2006, Techstars has helped hundreds of startups succeed, both as businesses and as people. This original 4-part documentary series focuses on the most common mental health issues facing entrepreneurs, told through the stories of some remarkable people — and the mental health professionals who work with people in need.
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Suicide Stop International Help Center
World Federation for Mental Health
World Health Organization - Mental Health
American Psychological Association Psychologist locator
American Medical Association doctor finder
National Institute of Mental Health
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Burnout is a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. It occurs when you feel overwhelmed, emotionally drained, and unable to meet constant demands. As the stress continues, you begin to lose interest and motivation that led you to take on a certain role in the first place.
Anxiety, most often diagnosed as Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), an anxiety disorder characterized by excessive, uncontrollable and often irrational worry about events or activities. This excessive worry often interferes with daily functioning; One can be overly concerned about everyday matters such as health issues, money, death, family problems, friendship problems, interpersonal relationship problems, or work difficulties.
At least four symptoms out of the following list of items must be present, of which at least one from items 1 to 4:
Autonomic arousal symptoms
Symptoms concerning chest and abdomen
Symptoms concerning brain and mind
Symptoms of tension
Other nonspecific symptoms
Depression, most commonly diagnosed as Major Depression, is a state of low mood and aversion to activity. It can affect a person's thoughts, behavior, motivation, feelings, and sense of well-being. It may feature sadness, difficulty in thinking and concentration and a significant increase or decrease in appetite and time spent sleeping. People experiencing depression may have feelings of dejection, hopelessness and, sometimes, suicidal thoughts. It can either be short-term or long-term.
At least four symptoms out of the following list of items must be present for at least 2 weeks daily:
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a psychiatric disorder characterized by obsessive thoughts and compulsive actions, such as cleaning, checking, counting, or hoarding. OCD is one of the anxiety disorders and a potentially disabling condition that can persist throughout a person's life. The individual who suffers from OCD becomes trapped in a pattern of repetitive thoughts and behaviors that are senseless and distressing but extremely difficult to overcome. OCD occurs in a spectrum from mild to severe. If OCD is left untreated, it can destroy a person's capacity to function at work, at school, or even in the home.
Common obsessive thoughts in OCD include:
Common compulsive behaviors in OCD include: