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5 Stages Of Burnout—An Expert’s Guide To Cope

Debashruti Banerjee

5 min read

You know it’s time for a breather when each workday feels like the day you’d rather quit. Burnout symptoms can arise from a number of occupational struggles—find out what a psychologist recommends for some relief.

Feeling tired or stressed after strenuous activity is a natural response, but what if this exhaustion debilitates you to the point where it negatively impacts your functionality, productivity as well as personal and professional lives? This is a syndrome known as burnout, described by the 11th revision of International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) as an occupational phenomenon.

The American Psychological Association (APA) defines burnout as “physical, emotional, or mental exhaustion accompanied by decreased motivation, lowered performance, and negative attitudes toward oneself and others. It results from performing at a high level until stress and tension, especially from extreme and prolonged physical or mental exertion or an overburdening workload, take their toll.” Due to sparse and convoluted research in the past, burnout has often been confused to be indistinguishable from other responses and conditions like stress, depression or anxiety.

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