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Burnout Is Now A Legitimate Diagnosis, Says World Health Organization

WHO officially recognizes job burnout – here are the symptoms and solutions



The World Health Organization has included job burnout in the 11th Revision of the International Classification of Diseases as an occupational phenomenon.

Have you lost your workday pep? Are you feeling grumpy at the office? You may have burnout!

What has long been the realm of abstract complaint – what is burnout, anyway? – has now been officially recognized as a thing by the World Health Organization (WHO).

While not classified as a medical condition, burnout has been included in the 11th Revision of the International Classification of Diseases as an "occupational phenomenon." It is included in the chapter titled, "Factors influencing health status or contact with health services" – in other words, health complaints that are not classed as illnesses or health conditions.

The WHO defines the exhausting drudgery of it all as follows:

Burn-out is a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.

The symptoms of burnout

They go on to describe the three "dimensions" of burnout.

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.

And while yes, one may feel all of these things outside of work as well – housekeeping, marriage, et cetera – WHO notes that burnout "refers specifically to phenomena in the occupational context and should not be applied to describe experiences in other areas of life.”

The organization will soon be developing guidelines on mental well-being in the workplace – and it can't come soon enough. Just after money, work is the second most common source of stress in the U.S. according to the American Psychological Association. And burnout can become a dangerous health risk.

The consequences

According to the Mayo Clinic, the consequences of burnout aren't just frustration and fatigue. Ignored or unaddressed job burnout can have significant consequences, including:

• Excessive stress
• Fatigue
• Insomnia
• Sadness, anger or irritability
• Alcohol or substance misuse
• Heart disease
• High blood pressure
• Type 2 diabetes
• Vulnerability to illnesses

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 Burnout is now classified as “a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed,” according to WHO.  

The stress, depression and lack of feeling in control that comes with burnout are finally being formally recognized by the medical community: Burnout is now an official workplace syndrome.

The International Classification of Diseases, or the ICD-11, the World Health Organization’s handbook that helps medical providers diagnose diseases, classifies burnout as “a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.”

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