Burnout symptoms, causes and treatment

It is important to recognize the signs of burnout, because people with a burnout often ignore the signs and continue to decline. The first step to recovery from a burnout is to recognize that you have a burnout. Read the page about symptoms of a burnout, how to recognize a burnout and what the signs and symptoms of a burnout are.

What is burnout?

A burnout is a state of emotional exhaustion caused by human interaction. Especially in professions which deal a lot with people, such as health care have a higher chance of getting a burnout. With a burnout there is no more motivation to perform certain tasks and there is no energy left for it anymore. There is a general feeling of exhaustion. With this is a large portion of cynicism involved. The person who suffers from a burnout will create a distance between colleagues, friends and family. Someone who has a burnout has the feeling that he or she is not performing and experiences a sharp drop in confidence.

Causes of burnout

The causes of a burnout usually consist of a conjunction of several factors. These factors can include your personality, work environment, your job and your social environment. People who are perfectionists often get a burnout sooner. It is advisable to take rest. People who never call in sick, even if they do not feel quite well, can eventually get a burnout. Problems with one or more of these factors can lead to symptoms of a burnout, when someone develops a burnout.

Physical and psychological symptoms burnout

A burnout has physical and psychological symptoms. The signs and symptoms of burnout are elaborated on below.

Physical symptoms burnout

If you have a burnout can you recognize the following physical symptoms. People with a burnout often sleep poorly and wake up early many times. Other physical symptoms of burnout are experiencing (weekend) headaches, sweat rashes, irregular heartbeat and exhaustion. People with a burnout may also feel weak. Furthermore, people with a burnout feel like having the flu and suffer from shortness of breath. A few physical symptoms are described below:

Weekend headaches

This can be explained because from Monday through Friday there is a lot of demand from your body and your mind. You experience a lot of stress during this busy work week and it is therefore possible that you will suffer from headaches on Saturday and / or Sunday.

Extra sensitive to noise

Generally you will notice this at home. After a busy day you desire rest. You come home and your children are playing, slamming the doors, watching television or want attention. This could cause irritation because you have an intolerance to noise, caused by your tremendous need for rest.

Weariness behind the eyes

You have a burning sensation around and in your eyes. You will get bags or at least the principles of. This fatigue is caused by prolonged periods of stress.

Psychological symptoms burnout

People with a burnout may also suffer from a few psychological symptoms. People with a burnout often have problems concentrating, but also suffer from emotional symptoms like a lump in the throat and the tendency to cry. Mood swings are also common in people who have a burnout. Another emotional symptom of a burnout is easily getting irritated, feeling rushed and not looking forward to anything. Feelings of inadequacy may also occur. Other psychological symptoms of burnout is that the person has a burnout becomes chaotic and gets sensitive to light and sound. A person with a burnout can be more forgetful and less creative than normal. Below are a number of psychological symptoms elaborated:

No energy when you come back from work

You have no energy left to do something. You are tired and your eyes are burning. You do not feel like exercising, doing work around the house, playing with the kids or going for a walk. You have no desire to move or an activity.

Urge to become addicted or very vulnerable to addiction

You tend to drink a lot of alcohol or smoke a lot. Gambling or overeating also belong to this category. It is a way to suppress your feelings. This often manifests itself in an addiction where you neglect your body.

Burnout treatment

It is possible to treat a burnout, for example go into therapy with a psychologist. The treatment will focus on finding out the cause of your burnout and reducing the symptoms. Below you will learn how to deal with a burnout, through coaching by the psychologist. However, it is not always necessary to go into therapy to treat a burnout. Adjusting some of the factors that caused the burnout, like the work environment or the job that someone has, could already be sufficient enough. The ultimate goal is that the person with a burnout recovers and gets energy again. If a burnout is dealt with in an early stage it is easier to recover from a burnout.

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