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INFO for something – for an issue, for a challenge etc. – and went ahead Burnout = Depression? full steam, full of drive and idealism. Burnout candidates are not The question is often raised as to whether burnout is in actuality rarely high performers who always seek the perfect solution and depression. The precursor signs of burnout should be seen as a feel a strong sense of loyalty and obligation to their mission, their warning signal that often can develop into an exhaustion-related performance and position. As different as those concerned may depression. This depressive reaction must be distinguished from seem, the phenomenon can be described using similar personality active depression. structures and patterns. Burnout candidates are often confronted In the case of burnout you have to contend with depressive with multiple, complex tasks that are practically impossible to exhaustion (sleep disorders, inability to concentrate or anxiety complete successfully in the time that is available. Their motto is attacks) coupled with bodily symptoms, which can include intestinal ‘There’s always a way.’ If the desired performance is not achieved, disorders, cardiac irregularities, ringing ear, migraine and tension. an interior voice will argue that achieving even 70 to 80% of a goal Burnout is a warning signal given by the body, not unlike the smoking is actually nothing short of complete failure. This is linked to a engine under the hood that has been driven too hard too long. The learned truth that has been internalized over many years: what body is saying, “The way this has been going so far is ot the way it can continue. It’s time to stop and think.” determines your self-value is how you perform. A battle now rages inside our burnout candidate, says Dr. Gunther Dr. Dagmar Ruhwandl describes the progress of burnout based on a Schmidt, an expert on the subject: “People who are close to having street light system: Phase 1 (the light is green), you need to know where the brakes are, so you can hit them at the right moment. a burnout consume huge amounts of energy because of this inner Phase one is also described as emotional exhaustion. You feel dilemma. It is tantamount to running a marathon on a beer coaster burned out, frustrated at work and you have a hard time because this inner battle and the way it uses up energy doesn’t regenerating. Relaxing and recharging your batteries is difficult show. At first.” The consequences – and the price to pay – are high. even in your leasure time. Positive energies seem to dissipate more The body begins to shows psychosomatic reactions and essentially and more; your batteries discharge faster. What used to work to get goes on strike. your energy levels back up again simply no longer works.  Phase two (the light turns amber): Depersonalization. We should It’s up to the employee. And to the employer. have the foot on the brake and be prepared to stop at short notice. Looking for solutions starts with individual prevention and In this phase as irritability increases, you feel threatened by relationships and retreat more and more. You react without feeling; developing a strategy. But it also depends on company policy resignation and apathy set in. To prevent longer absenteeism, it is and managerial responsibility. When employer and employee urgently recommended to seek professional counsel (physician, work hand in hand and assume their respective responsibilities psycho therapist, coach). and proactively seek solutions, that’s when a virtuous circle sets Phase three (red light): performance plummets, self-esteem is gone. in. The three pillars for preventing burnout at the individual level “I’d better stop the car and get out or else I’m liable to wreck the are: regenerate, delegate and recognize your own limits (or set car.” This phase is characterized by massively impaired performance. some for yourself.) Regeneration, coupled with self-responsibility, This is accompanied by self-loathing and the loss of self-esteem. You is the competence that is easiest to learn and implement. In this feel useless, helpless and hopeless. In this phase, work disability, absenteeism, pension and termination are frequently the outcome. sense it is helpful to take enough time out to reflect on ways it is Victims also experience strong limitations due to physical and easiest to relax and regenerate. mental symptoms. 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