Apha2014 026What is Burnout?

Burnout is a “syndrome of depersonalization, emotional exhaustion, and sense of low personal accomplishment that leads to decreased effectiveness at work.” Burnout is caused by excessive an prolonged periods of stress. Stress can be negative or positive in nature, however burnout has negative resulting consequences of reduced productivity.


Stress vs. Burnout


Individuals may respond to stress in different ways and can experience varying physical and emotional responses. When symptoms of stress continue for a prolonged period of time, this can turn into burnout.

Symptoms of Stress vs. Burnout
Stress Burnout
Overengagement Disengagement
Emotions are overreactive Emotions are blunted
Produces urgency and hyperactivity Produces helplessness and hopelessness
Loss of energy Loss of motivation, ideals, and hope
Leads to anxiety disorders Leads to detachment and depression
Primary damage is physical Primary damage is emotional
May kill you prematurely May make life seem not worth living

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