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The Link Between Burnout and Depression

What is burnout and what is the difference between burnout and depression? 

According to the Mental Health America Survey, 75% of U.S. workers have experienced burnout at some point with 40% of those people experiencing burnout as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The symptoms of depression and burnout can overlap. Burnout causes overwhelming feelings of mental and physical exhaustion due to prolonged stress. Burnout can be emotionally taxing but can be temporary and disappear when one takes longer breaks or focus on activities theyenjoy. Burnout is composed into three dimesions: exhaustions, cynicism, and lack of professional efficacy. Exhaustion refers to feeelings of stress leading to chronic fatigue resulting from exessive work demands.  Some of the burnout symptoms resemble the ones of depression such as anhedonia, lost of interest or pleasure, depressed mood, fatigue, impaired concentration, and feelings of worthlessness. There seems to be a strong positive correlation between emotional exhaustion-the core component of burnout-and depressive symptoms. Burnout and depression can go hand in hand meaning that someone who is depressed could be depressed but someone who is depressed can also be burntout. 

How to manage burnout?

Take breaks

Set boundaries

Social Connection



Make a plan 



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