Listen Now: Feeling Burnt Out? There’s Now A Doctor’s Note For That
Feeling overloaded at work? Now you can get a doctor’s note.
The World Health Organization is now recognizing work “burnout syndrome” as an official medical diagnosis. According to the W.H.O., burnout refers specifically to someone’s job and can not be applied to other aspects of life such as children or family.
Some characteristics used to diagnose burnout include feelings of exhaustion, increased mental distance from your job such as negative feelings, and a drop in your work performance. The decision to add this to the international classification of diseases puts an end to more than four decades of debate among experts who argue that burnout is a syndrome resulting from chronic stress that is not being managed.
While this is the first time the international classification of diseases has formally recognized work burnout, experts say it is a widespread condition.
They say it’s even common in the medical field where a lot of doctors report suicidal thoughts from being so overwhelmed.
So the next time you crash because of a tight deadline, too many emails or a demanding boss you’ll have burnout to blame.
CBS News Radio national business journalist Brian Banmiller has spent more than 40 years in the news industry, covering business, politics and the economy on television, radio and in print. Currently, his “Banmiller on Business” reports are delivered to an audience of millions nationwide.
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