People who are experiencing mental and emotional exhaustion from their jobs found a medical excuse now, and all thanks to the World Health Organization (WHO).
According to the WHO “Burnout” is now recognized as an official medical condition, according to USA Today. Working too hard is now recognized as an occupational phenomenon, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Here’s the description, from the WHO:
Burn-out is a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.
It is characterized by three dimensions: 1) feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion; 2) increased the mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job; and 3) reduced professional efficacy.
Burn-out refers specifically to phenomena in the occupational context and should not be applied to describe experiences in other areas of life.
The agency described “burnout” as a syndrome resulting from the stress that has not been successfully managed.
We all have gone through this experience at some point in our professional life, and the WHO designation excludes those people who have been suffering from other stress-related medical conditions, including anxiety and mood disorders.
The outlet said that it is also difficult to understand the difference between depression and burnout.
“One reason for that, the Heinemanns argues, is that much of the research on burnout focused on ‘causes and associated factors,’ rather than on attempts to develop specific diagnostic criteria,” CNN reported. “That led to ‘vagueness and ambiguity’ around the concept of burnout.”
USA Today reported, The CDC shared many suggestions about how to reduce such stress, people should balance between work and personal life, should spend time with friends and coworkers,” and keeping a “relaxed and positive outlook.”
The Hill reported that the WHO will start working on the “development of evidence-based guidelines on mental well-being in the workplace.”
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