According to a recent Gallup poll, 44% of full-time workers experience occasional exhaustion, with an additional 23% reporting frequent or continuous outbreaks. A person's desire to work hard, be productive, and succeed at work may conflict with their need for time with family and the desire for a fuller life not just defined by work.
Most workers say that work is more demanding today than it was a generation ago. Research has consistently shown that Americans experience higher levels of exhaustion than those living in other nations. This implies that exhaustion is a widespread cultural problem, not just an individual struggle.
Basics of combustion
The World Health Organization now recognizes depletion syndrome as a clinical syndrome. Because firing is closely related to working conditions, however, exhaustion may not improve until a person changes work or becomes more manageable. While treatment can help a person identify exhaustion and work out solutions, their misery may continue until their working environment improves.
A Gallup study examining employee burnout identified five factors that best expected exhaustion:
- Unfair treatment at work
- A workload that feels inappropriate
- Poor communication and low support from an administrator
- Insufficient clarity on a person's role or duties
- Time pressure and unreasonable deadlines
People who experience burnout may worry that the problem is their inability to handle workload or fit in. The figures look different. Employer and management practices are an important factor in predicting job burnout. But sometimes, what feels like burning is actually something else.
Depression vs. Burnout
Distinguishing depression from combustion can be difficult because they both cause emotional exhaustion, low motivation and anemia (difficulty finding pleasure). In addition, exhaustion is a risk factor for depression. Therefore, you are likely to be both depressed and burned.
Some factors that may distinguish one from the other include:
- Burnout is closely linked to work. Thus, a person may feel better after a break or during less stressful times at work.
- While burnout can influence motivation to do most tasks, a person is more likely to feel unmotivated at work. Depression even affects the motivation to do the tasks a person enjoys.
- The negative feelings of burning center around a person's job. A person may feel cynical or frustrated at work, less effective in their role, or often feel angry at work.
- Symptoms of an explosion tend to get worse in times of high work stress.
Combustion can cause immense stress, especially when a workload accumulates and a person does not feel able to cope. When stress extends beyond work or does not improve when a person's working conditions change, the culprit may be a diagnosis of stress such as generalized anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Some signs that the problem may be stress rather than burning include:
- Stress does not improve when a person's workload becomes more manageable or when time away from work is needed.
- Stress is not limited to work-related issues.
- A person has a history of work-related stress or trauma.
- Stress causes problems at work, such as when a person is too anxious to say no to a request from a boss – especially if there is no reason to believe that the boss will react unjustly.
When Burnout Work Comes With The Company
Burnout is more than just a disappointment with work. It is a serious attack that can affect a person's physical and mental health. Possible effects on burning the body include:
- A weaker immune system
- Insomnia and chronic exhaustion
- Heart disease
- Type 2 diabetes
- High blood pressure
These symptoms can compound the stress of job burnout and may even aggravate other mental health symptoms. Physical health issues can also make a person less effective at work. Symptoms can cause people to take their time off, possibly exacerbating the stress of a high workload.
People with depletion should be aware that there is also a significant overlap between mental health diagnoses and job burnout. A person with mental health is more vulnerable to burnout and a person with burnout is more likely to develop a mental health condition.
Mental health interacts with workplace challenges in complex ways. For example, a person with generalized anxiety may struggle to discuss unfair job expectations with their boss. A person with depression may not be proud of the achievements in the workplace.
Mental health is complex, with biological, social, psychological and environmental roots. Rarely has a single cause. The more risk factors a person has for mental health issues, the more likely it is that exhaustion will lead to a mental health condition.
When to get help
It is not always possible to leave a bad job. This does not mean that a person has to struggle with mourning forever. Self-care strategies, such as using the vacation time you have earned, separating a person's identity from work, making pleasant hobbies, and getting plenty of rest can protect a person's mental and physical health.
A therapist can provide a healthy outlet, brainstorm solutions, and offer strategies that can help alleviate the burnout. When a person is ready to quit their job, the right therapist can support them during their job search. A therapist can help with common job search challenges, such as cheat syndrome, anxiety, and low self-esteem.
People who are struggling with depression and anxiety may think that medication is the only option. However, treatment can also prove to be invaluable. When a person uses medication, the treatment increases its effectiveness. And when a person prefers to avoid medication, treatment is a viable alternative that can help a person acquire new coping skills. Research shows that treatment can even change the brain.
When problems of neutralization and other mental health problems collide, it is all the more important that you receive quality mental health care. A therapist can help a person sort out their emotions, develop viable solutions to workplace challenges, and steadily make their way out of the burning, depression, or stress hole.
GoodTherapy can help you find a burn specialist.
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