Posted by: MARS | 2006/10/26


Hi Doc,

What is burnout, what are the most signs, where does one go for help, what is the recovery rate?


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It is not such a specific, defined condition as you seem to be assuming. It's a vague, popular term wich is not included in any official diagnostic system, used to describe someone who has become worn out emotionally from work-related stress, especially by working in the human-oriented fields --- like a shrink who is being over-worked ! So it can include aspects of anxiety and or depression, and loss of compassion. It would be helped by counselling, and there is no defined recovery rate, but one would expect most people to do well with CBT --- though some might find that they're in the wrong line of work

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