Workers have experienced burnout for decades. Burnout is mental exhaustion from too much stress at work. The WHO has now called it a medical problem. People with burnout often lack energy or feel exhausted. They feel negative about their job and have problems finishing things at work. The WHO says doctors should treat patients for burnout. However, doctors are among the most highly stressed workers. They get burnout two times more than other workers. The number of people with burnout is increasing very quickly. More and more workers are getting stressed at work.
An American psychologist identified burnout in 1974. Since then, many studies have tried to explain it. Researchers said it is similar to anxiety. It can come from depression. The Mayo Clinic website said burnout can cause serious health problems, like insomnia, heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. Mayo Clinic gives advice on how to manage burnout. It suggests talking to your boss to change things at work; reaching out to co-workers, family and friends; and relaxing activities like tai chi, meditation, going for a walk in the countryside, and yoga.