Many of us have experienced a vague sense of feeling "burned" by work, but now there is a specific definition of what it actually means. The World Health Organization has recently updated the International Classification of Disease Codes (ICD-11) to define burnout as a three-dimensional syndrome.
The new definition does not mean that burnout (or, as they call it, "burn-out") is a disease; it is classified as a "factor that influences the state of health". Here is the new definition:
Burn-out is a conceptualized syndrome as a result of chronic stress in the workplace that has not been successfully managed. It is characterized by three dimensions: 1) feelings of exhaustion or energy depletion; 2) increase in mental distance from one's work, or feelings of negativity or cynicism related to one's work; and 3) reduced professional effectiveness. Burn out refers specifically to phenomena in the occupational context and should not be applied to describe experiences in other areas of life.
If you feel you meet the criteria for burnout, you may want to mention it the next time you are looking for medical or mental assistance. In itself, burnout is not considered a medical condition, but represents an additional stress in your life that you may have to face. Look for professional help if you need it, or consider whether taking a "mental health day" from work can give you enough space to consider your options.
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