When someone looks down, aloof or particularly quiet, we tend to first think of depression as being the cause. There are probably not many of us who would think that this person may be suffering from burnout syndrome, a condition which differs from depression as the sufferer only feels weary, uninspired, unmotivated and lacking in hunger with regard to their job.
There are currently no clearly defined symptoms due to those suffering from burnout syndrome experiencing similar symptoms to depression, including feeling down, feeling stressed and lacking the motivation to go to work. Some people may display aggression or frustration when they are unable to work at the level they would like to.
That being said, those who suffer from burnout syndrome are at a higher risk of developing depression than those who do not. However, this does not mean that all cases of burnout syndrome will lead to depression.
People who suffer from burnout syndrome will have been stimulated by an event or encountered a risk factor before developing the condition. There are three main factors:
Moreover, burnout syndrome can also result in physical symptoms, such as insomnia, anxiety before going to work each day, feeling fatigued and exhausted, while headaches, nausea and an aching body are also possible. The effect of these symptoms is that workplace efficiency is reduced.
In some cases, people may experience mood swings alongside feeling unsatisfied and disappointed with their work, while frustration may display itself in the form of disagreements with colleagues. If this situation escalates, it could lead to that person withdrawing from their workplace relationships, communicating less and lacking concentration as well as creativity. This could result in some people turning to alcohol, smoking, partying or getting to work late, thus also returning home later.
If you notice that you are beginning to display some symptoms of burnout syndrome, you should try to make the following lifestyle adjustments:
However, this doesn’t mean that everybody is capable of adjusting something that may have affected them their whole life, or that people will be able to simply rearrange their own work-life balance, including the numerous external factors that we’re unable to control. If you feel that you are experiencing particularly severe indications which are resulting in physical and mental symptoms that are affecting your daily life, you should seek consultation with a specialist for some advice, or attend a doctor’s appointment for immediate diagnosis and treatment. Do not overlook these symptoms as just being a mere inconvenience as if they are left untreated, feeling bored with work and burnout syndrome could potentially result in depression, a condition for which treatment is both difficult and complicated.