Stress is the main culprit responsible for a loss of 45 million workdays a year in Britain alone. According to a British mental health charity, this all adds up to £100 billion in lost output. In my recent Escape Adulthood presentations, I’ve been showing a slide that highlights the symptoms of Adultitis, including a tongue-in-cheek comment about patients not being able to smile (in extreme cases). Maybe not so tongue-in-cheek after all:
Psychological warning signs included an inability to concentrate, sense of humour failure, high levels of anxiety, constant irritability or withdrawal from social contact.
If left untreated, excessive stress could eventually lead to a suppression of the immune system. If severe, it could lead to a range of medical, psychological or behavioural disorders.
Escaping Adulthood is not all about fun and games and mucking around with Play-Doh all day. Although maybe it wouldn’t be a bad idea to keep a container on your desk…