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You Can Now Be Diagnosed With Burnout

The WHO made the announcement last week

Burnout — generally understood as reduced interest and productivity in one’s work precipitated by overwork — can now be classified as a diagnosed condition, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), which included it in ICD-11, the organization’s diagnostic manual.

The criteria listed for diagnosing burnout are, according to CNN:

  1. 1) Feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion
  2. 2) Increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job
  3. 3) Reduced professional efficacy

The manual notes that before diagnosing someone with burnout, they should rule out other disorders with comparable symptoms, like adjustment disorder, anxiety or depression, and it’s easy to see why — the symptoms listed are likely familiar to anyone who’s experienced even passing depression. Hating (or even being very sick of) one’s job and feeling depressed can operate in a feedback loop, and early burnout researchers warned that the difficult inherent to making that distinction might prevent the recognition of burnout as a disease.

Please select this link to read the complete article from The Cut.

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