Burn-out syndrom / Work-life balance / Stress management

Burn-out syndrom / Work-life balance / Stress management

Burnout is most commonly associated with a stressful job or an overload of work.

This certainly may be a common trigger, but at the same time, let’s not forget about other reasons for burnout: It can also be long-term caring for somebody severely ill, chronic tensions and quarrels inside the family, heavy financial debts, an ongoing crisis in partnership relations and others. 

In order to be active and full of energy in our job and in our family life, we need to keep our energy management in balance. We can keep giving and be productive only if we also have where to take for ourselves. If there is an imbalance for too long, things start to go wrong, and burnout syndromes are likely to appear.

The burnout syndrome itself is characterized by a wide range of symptoms—both physical and mental. On the physical side, we find:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of appetite
  • Increased illness and others.

The mental symptoms can include:

  • Lack of concentration
  • Forgetfulness
  • Anxiety
  • Lack of joy
  • Depressive feelings

Professional and family relationships may then become impaired by moods like:

  • Lack of joy
  • Isolation
  • Poor performance
  • Bad communication
  • Increased irritability
  • Apathy and others.

The difficulty comes with the fact that the affected person often doesn’t understand what is going on. Nothing visible or obvious may have changed. This all makes it difficult to find out where and how to seek help.

At the beginning, it is important, to understand the reasons that brought the patient into this situation:

  • The situation has been going on for a long time, i.e. at least for months or years.
  • The affected person is unable to manage or influence the stressing factors.
  • Despite substantial efforts for change and improvement, the situation stays the same or even deteriorates.
  • Key symptoms of physical and emotional exhaustion, such as apathy and lack of accomplishment, appear.
  • The affected person is caught up in a vicious cycle leading to a deepening of burnout syndromes.

Once burnout has been diagnosed, counter-measures and proper treatment can be taken.

  • First, an analysis of the actual psycho-social situation leading up to the syndrome provides the basis for the most urgent steps. Usually, this consists of taking the person out of the causal situation, e.g. using sick leave, changing the work position, and in very severe cases, even hospitalization.
  • Later, after the patient has recovered from the worst fatigue and exhaustion, individually tailored therapy can start, sometimes supported by medication. Step-by-step, the patient regains their previous healthy state and a feeling of well-being. 
Should you experience any of the symptoms described above, do not hesitate to book your appointment with our PSYMED specialists.
If you are unsure about your issue, please feel free to contact our PSYMED Care Managers to discuss which specialist will be the best for your issue. We are here to help.