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:
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.
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