Wellness Wednesdays: Understanding “burnout” and what you can do about it
When you’re burnt out — from working too many hours for months, or from mental or emotional exhaustion — it may be difficult to discern whether your burnout is caused by depression, or vice versa. The two certainly share common features: fatigue, lack of motivation, a loss of interest in things that once excited you. Burn out, stress and depression can have serious implications on our relationships with others. Now, a new study finds that most people who are burnt out also have depression, showing that the two conditions overlap more often than previously believed.
Burnout is a condition that is neither often talked about, nor is it frequently given credit as its own mental illness that should be treated properly. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), doctors aren’t entirely sure how to diagnose burnout, and they’re still not sure whether it stands as its own illness or if it’s merely an associating factor with depression, stress, and anxiety.
Regardless, the term “burnout” typically refers to someone over-working themselves and building up too much stress. It involves chronic stress that leads to physical and emotional exhaustion, cynicism, lack of accomplishment at work or life in general, and a general lack of motivation. Like depression or anxiety, burnout can prevent people from functioning in their daily lives, and hold them back from accomplishing goals. read more