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The WHO has now recognized burnt out as an Occupational Medical Condition.


Being located in the downtown core has led my team and I to work with many individuals experiencing burn out symptoms. The World Health Organization (WHO) is the first to recognize burn-out as an occupational medical condition in its International Classification of Diseases (ICD).  The WHO defines burn-out as “a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.”  Much research has been conducted to define the symptoms of burn-out.  Anyone who has experienced burn-out, understands full well how difficult it is to find a way to recovery.   Working under stressful conditions at work over time leads to a state of emotional exhaustion, reduced sense of personal efficacy, and depersonalization where we stop caring for others and ourselves.  Poor relationships with management, workplace harassment, unmanageable workloads and excessive time demands are common conditions that are difficult for many of us to handle.  The good news is that there are many things that an individual can do to manage or change your response to these stressful conditions.  While being a change agent in your organization is sometimes possible, often the stress is a result of systematic dysfunctional management styles that individuals are unable to change in large organizations.  If this is the case, then learning self-care, finding life/work balance and a change in perspective about role in the workplace often is helpful. Occasionally, transferring within the organization or finding a new job outside the organization is the long-term solution. If you find yourself dreading going to work, feeling emotionally exhausted, avoiding tasks or procrastinating, and becoming less effective in the workplace, please seek psychological interventions including talk therapy.  Prolonged exposure to burn-out conditions can create anxiety and depression symptoms, impairing your ability to work and negatively affecting your quality of life and relationships with family and friends here at BeWell, we believe in a multifaceted approach. It’s often surprising to see the positive results that a combination of talk therapy, meds, nutritional supplements can yield for conditions related to Psychological wellness.

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