Excessive work on many occasions can bring quite negative consequences for health, both physically and emotionally. From exhaustion, stress, to tension in the body and other diseases, they can bring about Burnout syndrome.

What causes burnout syndrome?

Although the origin of this syndrome is not exactly known, it is said that it can appear due to continuous overwork . This may be due to the fact of assuming more responsibilities than can be covered, disorganization with schedules, work monotony, among other aspects.

If you want to know more about this topic, then keep reading, because below we will talk about some signs that could indicate that you are suffering from Burnout syndrome .

Trouble concentrating

Although it is common that sometimes there are problems concentrating due to stress, personal difficulties, or any other factor, the problem appears when this is constant.

Having quite frequent problems when concentrating to work can be a clear reflection of exhaustion, and also a clear symptom of being able to be suffering from Burnout syndrome.


The labor motivation may be due to different causes, it is normal to start with the best spirit and willingness for a new job, however, when the worker ‘burn’ overworked , demotivation not long in coming.

This is where another fairly frequent symptom of Burnout syndrome appears, if you no longer feel motivated to work at any time, it is time for you to take a break so you can clear your mind, and recharge your batteries again.

Hostile Attitudes

Because Burnout syndrome is produced by a diverse number of factors that play an important role on an emotional level, it causes those who suffer from it to feel irritated or hostile much of the time .

This as a consequence can lead to poor work performance, as well as depression, negative feelings, constant frustration and limitations when performing daily activities.

If you have noticed that your work performance has been reduced considerably, that your attitude is irritable and you feel consumed by work, then it is very likely that you are presenting some of the most common symptoms of Burnout syndrome .

The above are the main symptoms of this syndrome, however, there are other types of indicators that can alert you to the presence of this psychopathology, such as:

  • Muscle pains.
  • Headaches.
  • Sickness.
  • Dizziness
  • Sudden mood swings

How to avoid burnout syndrome?

Preventing the appearance of this syndrome is not usually too difficult a task, therefore, in mild cases of this syndrome, it would be enough to follow some of the following recommendations:

  • Take a vacation.
  • Find a work schedule that is not absorbing.
  • Do not accept more responsibilities than can be covered.
  • Practice sports or some other type of physical activity before or after work hours.
  • Have a sleep schedule that allows you to get enough rest.

In case the previous recommendations are not enough to avoid the appearance of this syndrome or to combat it, it is recommended that you go to a health professional. In this way, you can have a more accurate diagnosis, as well as a more specific treatment to follow according to your particular case.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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