Burnout is a state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. It can occur in any profession or environment where a person experiences high levels of stress over an extended period of time.
Common symptoms of burnout include:
- Exhaustion: Physical and emotional exhaustion, feeling drained and unable to keep up with daily demands.
- Decreased motivation: Lack of enthusiasm and interest in work, hobbies, or other activities.
- Negative thinking: Feelings of cynicism, frustration, and a sense of hopelessness about work and life.
- Decreased performance: Decreased productivity and effectiveness, difficulty concentrating and making decisions.
- Health problems: Burnout can also lead to physical symptoms such as headaches, insomnia, and a weakened immune system.
It can be difficult to spot burnout, as it often develops gradually over time. However, some warning signs to look for include:
- Increased absenteeism: Frequently taking time off work or missing deadlines.
- Decreased satisfaction: Feeling disconnected from work, colleagues, or personal life.
- Negative attitudes: Increased cynicism, negativity, or frustration about work or life in general.
- Substance abuse: Increased alcohol or drug use as a way to cope with stress.
To prevent burnout, it is important to manage stress levels and prioritise taking breaks if possible. Therapy and counselling can also be helpful in addressing the underlying causes of stress and developing coping strategies.
If you or someone you know is experiencing burnout, it is important to reach out for help. We have an expert team of Consultant Psychiatrists, Clinical Psychologists and Psychotherapists who are available to provide support, treatment and guidance on how to manage symptoms, and prevent burnout from reoccurring.
We have an expert team of Consultant Psychiatrists, and Clinical Psychologists who are well versed in helping manage challenges related to burn out.
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If you are seeking an appointment with a psychiatrist, you should discuss this first with your GP to obtain a referral. Referrals are also accepted from clinical psychologists and counsellors.
Once you have your referral, please do contact us via our Enquiry Form and one of our team will be in touch without delay.
Overseas referrals are warmly welcomed. We do also see individuals without a family doctor (GP), and we can help you find a private or NHS family doctor.