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What is Burn-Out? WHO Recognises it as a medical Condition.

It defines burn-out as “a syndrome conceptualised as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed”.


What is Burn-Out?

Occupational burnout like Blank’s is not a simple matter of fatigue or boredom. Nor is it tied solely to level of compensation. Severe burnout can be debilitating. You may find yourself growing profoundly cynical and feel like you never accomplish anything at work; you may hate your clients and colleagues and struggle to find the courage to get out of bed; you might feel detached from your life, almost as if you’re operating on autopilot. Burnout syndrome, at its worst, can ravage workers and even entire companies.



According to psychologist Michael Leiter, Ph.D., 25 percent of the workers he’s studied suffer from at least one symptom of burnout, and he suspects that figure is also true of the workforce at large. Burnout doesn’t discriminate, and it affects people across the board—blue collar and white collar workers, entrepreneurs, call center employees, tech pros, teachers. In this always-on age, when reading a new email from the boss on your smartphone may be the first and last thing you do every day, it’s not surprising that the problem seems to be worsening.


syndrome was characterised by three dimensions:


“1) feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion;

2) increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job;

3) reduced professional efficacy”.


“Burn-out refers specifically to phenomena in the occupational context and should not be applied to describe experiences in other areas of life,” according to the classification.

The updated ICD list, dubbed ICD-11, was drafted last year following recommendations from health experts around the world, and was approved on Saturday.

“This is the first time” burn-out has been included in the classification, WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic told reporters.


The ICD-11, which is to take effect in January 2022, contains several other additions, including classification of “compulsive sexual behaviour” as a mental disorder, although it stops short of lumping the condition together with addictive behaviours.

It does, however, for the first time recognise video gaming as an addiction, listing it alongside gambling and drugs like cocaine.

The updated list removes transgenderism from its list of mental disorders meanwhile, listing it instead under the chapter on “conditions related to sexual health”.


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