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Burnout now a medical diagnosis

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Have you ever experienced a feeling of chronic workplace stress that you struggled to manage? According to the World Health Organization, it is now an official medical diagnosis. Burnout now appears on the International Classification of Diseases, or ICD-11, under the category of problems associated with employment or unemployment.

Doctors can diagnose someone with burnout if they meet three symptoms: feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion, increased mental distance from one’s job or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job and reduced professional efficacy.

The ICD-11 adds that the diagnosis is confined to a work environment.

– Zach Parker, Ghidotti

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