Feeling burned out is real

By mbrooks on May 29, 2019
File – Shot of a young businesswoman looking stressed out while working late in an office (Getty Images)

By Matthew Brooks

The medical community is still racing to catch up with human condition. Emotions, stresses, pains, and thoughts are subjects of exploration for doctors and researchers. Why? Because the doctors and researchers don’t fully understand the body.

The feeling of burn-out, the moment that could be described as when personal endurance has reached its limit, is the topic of a newly updated guide from the World Health Organization.

The WHO says in its 11th Revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) that burn-out is an “occupational phenomenon.”

The group did not go so far as to classify burn-out as a medical condition.

Burn-out is defined by WHO as “a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.”

The symptoms, or dimensions of the occupational phenomenon are:

  • feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion
  • increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job
  • reduced professional efficacy

Some jobs bring higher amounts of stress than others. Some bosses add more stress to the job than the job requirements demand. Not everyone can cope with a job the same way as others can. The medical community is formally recognizing this situation.

Your doctor can tell you that, yes, you are suffering from burn-out.

How your insurance company feels about it is a different question.

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