Why Burnout Happens

Authored by Jane Squires

Edited by Alexander Bentley

Reviewed by Philippa Gold

Why Burnout Happens


Entrepreneur burnout is the embodiment of acute and seemingly unresolveable work related stress. According to the Harvard Business Review, about 50% of people suffer from burn out. Entrepreneur burnout syndrome is real and in severe cases, can be life-threatening.


In fact, the World Health Organisation (WHO) recognises burnout as an official medical diagnosis in its International Classification of Diseases (ICD).


Three characteristics of work-related burnout:


  1. Feelings of low energy and exhaustion
  2. Increased mental distance from one’s job; or feelings of negativity
  3. Reduced professional capacity


People at risk of suffering from burnout tend to isolate in uncertainty, without adequate support networks.


Entrepreneur burnout manifests affects a person’s mental and physical well-being ranges from minor illnesses and mild depression to mental breakdowns, heart disease and sometimes death. It’s a condition that needs to be taken seriously as it can have a devastating impact on a person’s life.


Understanding Burnout


Burnout is a graphic term used to describe a state of being that includes mental and physical exhaustion. Although burnout is not an official diagnosis, it is widely accepted as an accurate description of a real phenomenon11.P. Koutsimani, A. Montgomery and K. Georganta, The Relationship Between Burnout, Depression, and Anxiety: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis – PMC, PubMed Central (PMC).; Retrieved September 29, 2022, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6424886/.


Those who suffer from burnout feel that they no longer have the resources or energy to do what they used to do, or do it at the pace they did. They may still want it, but neither can they make the person feel depressed or alienated. Lack of motivation, loss of interest in work, and even lack of physical activity can make a person feel depressed, alienated, or both.


Burnout Vs Depression


Burnout and depression may have similar symptoms, but they are actually two different ailments. Burnout is caused by chronic stress related to the workplace, caring for family members and raising a family. Experts disagree on how to define burnout, as it can have a wide range of symptoms.


Why burnout happens is thought to be caused by chronic stress relating to work and some main symptoms have been identified.


Main Symptoms of Burnout


  • Exhaustion:Emotional or physical exhaustion and the inability to cope due to lack of energy. Physical symptoms may include body pain or digestive issues.
  • Feeling alienated from work-related activities
  • Reduction in performance


Depression has symptoms that burnout doesn’t have:


  • Low self-esteem
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Suicidal thoughts


Those suffering from depression and burnout often find that taking time out to attend a depression rehab will lead to a full recovery and at the very least remission from symptoms for an extended period of time. A luxury depression rehab may also reduce an individuals reliance on traditional pharmaceutical solutions to burnout and depression.

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    1.P. Koutsimani, A. Montgomery and K. Georganta, The Relationship Between Burnout, Depression, and Anxiety: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis – PMC, PubMed Central (PMC).; Retrieved September 29, 2022, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6424886/
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