Huge news this week that is validating stress in the workplace and defining burnout. The World Health Organization has now included a legitimate medical diagnosis or occupational phenomenon classified as “burnout” in the International Classification of Diseases, or the ICD-11 of the World Health Organization’s handbook that guides medical providers in diagnosing diseases.
Burnout is a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed. It is characterized by three dimensions:
Burn-out refers specifically to phenomena in the occupational context and should not be applied to describe experiences in other areas of life.
Before making the call, the document says doctors should first rule out adjustment disorder as well as anxiety and mood disorders. And the diagnosis is limited to work environments, and shouldn’t be applied to other life situations.
Have you ever felt mentally worn out or emotionally exhausted from work? 78% of Americans described their jobs as stressful, according to The American Institute of Stress. It seems to be all around us in the office.
According to the health agency, burnout isn’t just synonymous with being stressed out. It’s “a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.”
This new medical news is making significant headlines in the Nation’s most prominent media outlets and is essential to all the companies with employees:
Mayo Clinic offers these questions to see if you are experiencing job burnout:
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might be experiencing job burnout. Consider talking to a doctor or a mental health provider because these symptoms can also be related to health conditions, such as depression.
Ignored or unaddressed job burnout can have significant consequences, including:
This diagnosis put out by the World Health Organization is a wake-up call for businesses all over. Chronic workplace stress that is not successfully managed can cause burnout and other health illnesses. There is enough evidence that we need wellness programs in the workplace.
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