Job Burnout Is An Official Medical Disease

We knew the feeling of burnout was real, but the experience of burnout just got realer now that it’s been classified as a legitimate disease.

According to the International Classification of Diseases, we no longer have to self-diagnose ourselves with burnout from our jobs. Now we can receive a medical diagnosis.

The World Health Organization’s handbook— the International Classification of Diseases— is a diagnostic guide of diseases used by medical providers, and burnout was just added to the list of problems related to employment or unemployment. As noted by CNN, the handbook shows that you are experiencing burnout if you have the following symptoms:

1. Feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion

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2. Increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job

3. Reduced professional efficacy

Burnout was also defined as: A syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.

Before you can be diagnosed with burnout as a potential medical condition, your doctor must rule out anxiety and other mood disorders; your condition can only be work-related.

For those who may be feeling the telltale signs of workplace burnout, we’ve got a few tips.