THE NEW AND SURPRISING MEDICAL DIAGNOSIS: BURNOUT

Published Friday, May 31, 2019

In our accelerated age of constant change when employees need to constantly adapt to new technologies and responsibilities and are connected 24/7 to their jobs through a never-ending stream of incoming emails, employee burnout has become a growing challenge. A 2018 Gallup survey found that one in four employees sometimes or always feel burned out at work.

This week, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that “burnout” is a medical diagnosis (although not a medical condition). WHO defines the symptoms of burnout as: feeling depleted of energy or exhausted; feeling mentally distanced from or cynical about one's job; and problems getting one's job done successfully. The WHO notes that burnout is to be used specifically "in the occupational context" and that it "should not be applied to describe experiences in other areas of life.

Dr. Liane Nelson, Director of the WJCS Trager Lemp Center for Treating Trauma & Promoting Resilience spoke to News12 about burnout. Watch the video below or click HERE for the story.

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