Burnout syndrome: causes, symptoms, prevention and treatment

Burnout syndrome: causes, symptoms, prevention and treatment

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Burnout syndrome is a very common destructive state of a person, along with depression and all sorts of addictions.

Burnout syndrome is a growing state of emotional depression, a feeling of desolation, fatigue.
The syndrome has psychological and physical manifestations.

At the emotional level it is:

  • Unwillingness to continue their activities;
  • The feeling of meaningless existence and work;
  • Indifference to what is happening in the outside world;
  • Feeling your own insignificance.

At the physical level, burnout syndrome manifests itself in feelings of unexplained fatigue, migraines, sleep disturbances, and a decrease / increase in appetite.

The burnout syndrome and its symptoms are very similar to the manifestations of depression.A distinctive feature of burnout syndrome from depressive personality disorder is the cause of occurrence. If the development of depression is promoted by physiological or psychological factors at the personality level (the person’s adaptation to the outside world is violated), burnout syndrome is a purely professional term and its causes lie solely in the plane of the person’s professional activity.

Burnout syndrome occurs as a result of daily and systematic activities that are not satisfying, not comfortable, do not like and are associated with such personal characteristics of a person as increased empathy, empathy, reverie, and idealization.

It is emotionally sensitive people who are extremely susceptible to burnout syndrome because they are accustomed to investing their whole soul in work, not to feel sorry for themselves and their internal resources in order to achieve the highest possible quality in work. These are people of helping professions: psychologists, doctors, social workers, that is, those whose activities are directly related to help in one form or another to other people.Helping others is associated with the manifestation of emotions, support, empathy. Excessive "feeling" is a direct path to professional burnout. To be harmonious and in the sensation of psychological comfort a person can only give up energy and replenish it if possible.

People with burnout give away too much energy, and getting from outside is not enough. It is this lack of external energy that a person can transform into internal energy and resource, and is the main prerequisite for the occurrence of burnout.

Also a factor in the emergence of burnout syndrome is the lack of motivation in a person's career. This includes systematic non-constructive criticism of the authorities, the absence or minimum of material remuneration for the work done, customer dissatisfaction, or oppressive psychological situation in the work collective. All these factors influence the professional self-determination of a person and his professional positioning.

If you are experiencing professional burnout symptoms or want to help your family and friends with this, then the following tips may help.

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