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Is Burnout Real?

Is Burnout Real?

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  • Really important question for a few reasons:

    1. We need to normalize mental health. Almost everyone needs it at some point, it's as common as cancer. We don't hold brain cancer against someone.

    2. Burnout is not stressed out. And we do need to educate ourselves on the difference so we're not medicating

    Really important question for a few reasons:

    1. We need to normalize mental health. Almost everyone needs it at some point, it's as common as cancer. We don't hold brain cancer against someone.

    2. Burnout is not stressed out. And we do need to educate ourselves on the difference so we're not medicating stress nor disregarding serious conditions.

    3. Burnout is serious. Leading to family and emotional problems at least. Depression or worse without being addressed.

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  • The WHO’s definition of “burnout” could use more specificity to prevent “the medicalizing of everyday stress.” However, the fact that the institution is moving to make burnout a syndrome, to me, speaks of a greater social disorder: people feel the need of a hard diagnosis to ward off retribution from

    The WHO’s definition of “burnout” could use more specificity to prevent “the medicalizing of everyday stress.” However, the fact that the institution is moving to make burnout a syndrome, to me, speaks of a greater social disorder: people feel the need of a hard diagnosis to ward off retribution from their respective higher-ups. Whether in school or the work force, their is a disturbing lack of compassion for the ups and downs of life. People now need to arm themselves with diagnoses, doctors’s assessments, etc to get a respite. In sum, a cultural correction is the cure, not more diagnoses.

  • For the Been There Done That file. Stress is the squeezing cold feeling around the heart or sinking pit in the stomach as one runs out of time for tasks to be done. Burnout is an emptiness of feeling and simply ceasing to care.

  • Citations needed...

    "What’s also real is a shift in cultural attitudes about the workplace and school. However well intended, we have created an unrealistic and misleading expectation that students and workers are supposed to be happy and stress-free at all times, and if they aren’t, it is a problem that needs to be fixed."

  • The work-life balance equation has a different meaning for everyone, we need to come to a realization that burnout is not stressed out.

  • “If almost everyone suffers from burnout, then no one does, and the concept loses all credibility.”

  • Burn out can come in many forms, it can be a ridiculous spike (physical) that lands one in the hospital (experienced first hand while on Wall Street doing 600k miles per annum) or it can be long term and stress induced to where it takes a physical a new worse an emotional toll. Both need recovery and

    Burn out can come in many forms, it can be a ridiculous spike (physical) that lands one in the hospital (experienced first hand while on Wall Street doing 600k miles per annum) or it can be long term and stress induced to where it takes a physical a new worse an emotional toll. Both need recovery and take time. Professional help, and a supportive family are most important.

  • Ask the greatest generation if burn out was real.

    These mental health days and “I’m stressed and I’m suing bullsh*t” needs to stop

  • By the WHO definition you would need employment to burn out, but you wouldn’t have had to worked hard or tried hard. Which pretty much makes it a cop out. When we diagnose everyone then we trivialize those who are seriously afflicted. Doesn’t matter if it’s ADD, burnout, chronic fatigue, whatever. If

    By the WHO definition you would need employment to burn out, but you wouldn’t have had to worked hard or tried hard. Which pretty much makes it a cop out. When we diagnose everyone then we trivialize those who are seriously afflicted. Doesn’t matter if it’s ADD, burnout, chronic fatigue, whatever. If it’s the norm then it’s the norm. But for those who struggle with real conditions the struggle is real. And often overwhelming.