Burn-out in the workplace official medical diagnosis, says World Health Organization

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(WFRV) — Burn-out has recently been classified as an official medical diagnosis by the World Health Organization (WHO).

WHO says burn-out is included in the 11th Revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) as an occupational phenomenon. 

It is not classified as a medical condition, according to WHO. 

Workplace burn-out may include some of the following symptoms: 

  • Feeling of exhaustion
  • Increased feelings of negativity to a job
  • Reduced efficiency

“Burn-out is a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed,” says WHO.

The organization says burn-out refers only to phenomena in the workplace and should not be used to describe experiences in other areas of life. 

For more information on burn-out, click here

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