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Burnout—we know it when we feel it, but do we really know if it’s burnout, depression, an underlying health condition, or is it that we’re just plain tired?
It’s been 40 years since Freudenberger coined that concept—burnout—and yet there’s still no agreement as to how to distinguish burnout from other disorders and no agreed upon definition, diagnosis, or rates of prevalence . In fact, a literature review concluded that there has been 40 years of discussion and yet this “concept remains vague and blurry” . Maybe it’s time to give up on defining burnout and move forward to figuring out how we can use what we know to avoid, minimize, and treat burnout.
Here are the areas experts agree upon regarding burnout...