Burn-Out is a chronic condition according to WHO
Saturday, 06 01 2019, Category: Health, Country: World
Burn-out is a phrase you might’ve heard banded around over the years to describe feeling physically and emotionally run down.
While some could’ve been tempted to dismiss burn-out as millennial jargon, it has now been added to the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) International Classification of Diseases, meaning that it will become a globally-recognised medical condition as of 2020.
The WHO defines burn-out as “chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed”.
It characterises the condition with the following symptoms: feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion; increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job; and reduced professional efficacy.
The WHO only refers to such feelings within work environments and clarifies that burn-out should not be applied to describe symptoms caused by other life situations.