Could You be Suffering from this Little Known Disease?

Erin Belanger, LMHC

Do you frequently find yourself feeling overwhelmed? Do you feel anxious or like you’re always under pressure? Do you feel like you’re the main act in all of the rings of a 3 ring circus (or, if you’re really honest, a 15 ring circus)? If so, you may be an overfunctioner suffering from what’s called Neurobiological Overload Triggered by Emotional And Mental Stress (NO-TEAMS)*. Keep reading to find out more!

Sufferers of NO-TEAMS tend to look like they have everything under control; they may even look as though life is easy for them. These over-functioners frequently:

In short, these patients have acted and continue to act as barometers, reading the ongoing needs in multiple spheres of their lives for multiple people and then responding to those needs. The only needs that these NO-TEAMS sufferers don’t respond to well are their own, which is where the symptoms begin.

NO-TEAMS is characterized by a wide set of symptoms that may come on slowly at first and worsen over a longer period of time. Early warning signs are usually:

As the disease progresses, the patient can begin to display:

If left untreated for too long, NO-TEAMS can cause:

If treated early, NO-TEAMS will have no lasting effects. The best course of treatment is couples therapy to help balance the sufferer’s partnership so that the NO-TEAMS sufferer can begin to focus on their own needs. For sufferers who have children, the benefits of treatment include healthier children as well as a healthier individual and partnership.

If you think you or someone you know is suffering from NO-TEAMS, don’t hesitate to call our office today. Debbie and Toby are standing by, waiting to take your information and connect you with a therapist.

* Disclaimer for all of the lawyers out there… yes, I made this name up! (But the symptoms are very real, so don’t ignore them!)