Work Related Burn Out has A New Official Definition

The World Health Organization recently removed Transsexuality from its list of mental illness in their International Classification of Disease codes (ICD-11), Another upgrade that was done is the definition of work related burn out which was defined as a syndrome with three dimensions.

The new definition given by the WHO doesn’t signify that burnout is a disease; it’s classified as a “factor influencing health status.” Here’s the new definition:

Burn-out is a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed. It is characterized by three dimensions: 1) feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion; 2) increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job; and 3) reduced professional efficacy. Burn-out refers specifically to phenomena in the occupational context and should not be applied to describe experiences in other areas of life.

If the new definition relates to you, you might want to seek mental or medical health care. On its own, burnout isn’t considered a medical condition, but it represents added stress in your life that may lead to something worse if not attended to. Seek professional help if you need it, or consider taking a day off to rejuvenate yourself.

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