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Chapter 1. Understanding Stress > Burnout: An Occupational Hazard

Burnout: An Occupational Hazard

Is the concept of burnout a scientific diagnosis, an excuse or a description of stressful conditions that have gone on too long? We would suggest the latter, because burnout is simply a description of the condition of people who have become discouraged, depressed or have developed a sense of hopelessness about being able to alleviate stress. Another way to think of burnout is as the logical conclusion of stress over a long period of time.

Conditions Leading To Burnout

  1. Unrealistically high expectations for oneself

  2. A sense of powerlessness in being able to remedy problems in the workplace

  3. Experiencing a lack of support or encouragement from supervisors

  4. Preoccupation with work and putting in long hours to the exclusion of outside activities.


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