Burnout listed as occupational syndrome

Working until you reach symptoms like extreme fatigue has just been recognized a serious health issue.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently listed burnout has an occupational syndrome.

This emerging and often disregarded problem of the modern age has been defined as a “state of viral exhaustion”, a sort of workplace stress that is chronic and has very negative consequences.

When we talk about burnout we associate words like lack of energy, pessimism and reduced work efficiency.

Although the parameters for burnout are still unclear, we know illnesses related to the conditions are very high.  A Harvard doctor talks about a public health crisis that costs the American economy around five billion dollars a year.

Burnout, put simply, is lack of balance, when you give much more than you take professionally and have no time for relaxation and proper rest in between.

The emotional draining can be suffocating and even affect the worker’s brain, that becomes increasingly unable to deal with the stress.

 There’s higher propensity for depression, insomnia and hospitalization for mental disorders. It also increases the risk for coronary heart disease, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, musculoskeletal pain, headaches, gastrointestinal problems, respiratory issues, among other. There is also reduction in the life expectancy rate.

With this announcement from the World Health Organization, we hope that burnout begins to be taken more seriously and addressed more quickly and effectively.

Paula Gouveia