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The difference between a stressed person and one with burnout syndrome

Burnout syndrome is associated with physical, emotional and mental exhaustion, caused by excessive and prolonged exposure to stressful situations. According to specialists, the workplace is the most conducive environment for the development of burnout syndrome, but there are also situations in which social or personal life leads to the development of this condition.

The World Health Organization, at the 2019 World Health Congress, characterized this syndrome as a “work-related phenomenon.”

“Burnout has three broad categories of stress symptoms: physical exhaustion, such as the presence of physical symptoms, emotional exhaustion, which comes with symptoms related to attitudes and feelings, and behavioral symptoms in terms of low productivity, job dissatisfaction. Burnout syndrome occurs especially in people whose profession involves a special responsibility and frequent interactions with people.It occurs more frequently nowadays, for example in doctors and nurses, and leads to decreased performance in the workplace, affects relationships with those in In the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic (COVID-19), most cases of occupational overload have been found among medical staff, who come into direct contact with illness, pain, suffering, unhappiness and,At the same time, they work in a competitive professional environment“Petronela Nechita, primary psychiatrist at the” Socola “Institute of Psychiatry in Iasi, told Agerpres.

The main causes of chronic fatigue

She states that the main causes of chronic fatigue are the feeling of professional overload associated with underestimation of efforts by others. Chronic fatigue is caused by a combination of factors or causes related to work, work style or even personality traits.

“Personality traits such as pessimism, perfectionism, emotional lability, reduced ability to adapt to stressful situations, the need to have control, competitiveness also have a negative contribution. Other factors favoring the installation of burnout syndrome in medical staff can be: pressure Exaggeration, lack of communication and support from the employer, lack of clarity of role, lack of autonomy, high workload, lack of appreciation for work done, unfair treatment such as bullying or favoring other colleagues. and sleep, lack of family hours, sports and relaxation, unhealthy eating, in conclusion, non-compliance with the concept of work-life balance , “says the doctor.

An important factor in burnout among medical staff, says Dr. Petronela Nechita, is uninterrupted work, which sometimes reaches 10 to 12 hours a day, but also the large number of patients who have lost the fight against COVID in ATI departments, even and among the medical staff.

The stages a person goes through until they reach exhaustion

A stressed person is looking for solutions, while someone who has reached the stage of burnout abandons the fight, being totally lacking motivation and depressed. Healthcare professionals are exposed to high levels of stress throughout their careers, especially during this pandemic period, which can lead to inappropriate clinical decisions, medical errors, hostile attitudes towards patients and difficult relationships with colleagues. The stages a person goes through until they reach exhaustion are: neglect of personal needs, the occurrence of conflict situations either at home or at work, denial of problems, isolation from family and social group, behavior change, self-devaluation, feelings of inner emptiness, collapse physically and emotionally. In the early stages, symptoms of burnout include headache, fatigue, low feelings of achievement, low resilience, mood swings and interpersonal conflicts. Gradually, in the advanced stages, the symptoms of burnout are characterized by the presence of somatic symptoms, social withdrawal, depersonalization, exhaustion, irritability, asthenia, feeling of underestimation and overwork. Stress is the result of a transient tension, while burnout is the result of a continuous, permanent tension. Burnout can be considered the final stage of a break in adaptation, which comes from a long-term imbalance between demands and resources, so a prolonged professional stress feeling of underestimation and overwork. Stress is the result of a transient tension, while burnout is the result of a continuous, permanent tension. Burnout can be considered the final stage of a break in adaptation, which comes from a long-term imbalance between demands and resources, so a prolonged professional stress feeling of underestimation and overwork. Stress is the result of a transient tension, while burnout is the result of a continuous, permanent tension. Burnout can be considered the final stage of a break in adaptation, which comes from a long-term imbalance between demands and resources, so a prolonged professional stress“explains the doctor.

It also mentions that burnout occurs when the individual no longer copes with professional constraints and doubts arise regarding their own skills and / or the value of the chosen profession.

The syndrome mainly affects health workers, because they come into direct contact with suffering and illness, and in particular, currently, the medical staff who work with patients with COVID-19 and those in the psychiatric environment. Consequences of organizational burnout syndrome: job dissatisfaction, decreased work initiative, inappropriate reactions to colleagues, deterioration of efficiency and productivity, increased number of sick leave, increased lack of appreciation from others. Burnout is not a permanent condition. Changing certain factors at work, supportive work environment or developing certain coping skills can often lead to ‘waste’ of exhaustion ‘ ‘, the doctor points out.

Burnout management is about both the employer and the employee, she says.

” With the lifestyle that we almost all have, more and more alert and indifferent to the personal needs of the individual, we risk reaching burnout. To avoid this, it is important, first of all, to pay attention to the signs that warn us about the onset of chronic fatigue so that we can intervene in time. All medical or non-medical institutions should invest in prevention in order to have employees who reach their full potential. Take into account the relationship between the tasks assigned to the employee and what is offered in return, as well as a regular monitoring of the employee’s condition through communication, feedback and setting new goals“, is the advice of Petronela Nechita.

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