Work burnout is now a medical condition, health experts say


World Health Organization also said burn-out is characterized by "feelings of exhaustion", "increased mental distance from one's job", and "reduced professional efficacy".

"It was taken out from mental health disorders because we had better understanding that this wasn't actually a mental health condition", said Dr. Lale Say, the coordinator of the adolescents and at-risk populations team at WHO, in June 2018.

Burnout can only be diagnosed regarding work and not other life situations.

The new definition is now more detailed, he says, and while it's not a major change, it gives people who suffer burnout more legitimacy.

The WHO has now classified burnout as "a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed".

Before assigning a patient to burnout, however, the ICD warns doctors to first rule out adjustment disorder as well as anxiety and mood disorders.

The ICD-11 gaming disorder is placed immediately after "gambling disorder" and describes nearly word for word the latter, with "gambling" being replaced by "computer games".

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The ICD, according to WHO, forms the basis for the identification of health trends and statistics globally, and serves as the global standard for reporting diseases and health conditions.

In most cases, a person needs to show 12 months of symptoms to receive the diagnosis, according to World Health Organization guidelines. Last year, a Gallup survey found almost 1 in 4 employees feels burned out always or often, with another 44 percent saying they feel burned out "sometimes".

The authors of that review, Linda and Torsten Heinemann, said over the next four decades, hundreds of studies appeared on the subject. "That led to 'vagueness and ambiguity" around the concept of burnout".

USA Today reported on what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has studied in relation to workplace stress.

World Health Organization also announced it plans to begin developing evidence-based guidelines on mental well-being in the workplace.

Does the strain of work constantly bog you down to the point of being drained of the motivation and energy to carry on?