Burn out is a state of mental and physical exhaustion that can follow a lengthy period of personal and/or professional commitment that is unsustainable. It is the logical endpoint of a life out of control. Characteristics of burnout include:
– cognitive disruption
– severe fatigue
– social withdrawal
– impaired decision making
Anyone who has experienced burnout will tell you it is far more than just being stressed. A serious mental health issue, burnout has received a lot of attention recently in the media even if, it isn’t a new phenomenon. In this post, I offer my take on this contemporary subject.