Burnout and depression might have similar symptoms. However, there are important distinctions, such as how long your symptoms last and how you may need to manage them.

Dr. Preeti Singh, Senior Consultant- Clinical Psychologist, Paras Hospitals Gurugram

1. What is burnout? How is it different from depression?

Burnout and depression might have similar symptoms. However, there are important distinctions, such as how long your symptoms last and how you may need to manage them. Due to extended stress, burnout can induce overwhelming sensations of mental and physical tiredness. It can be tough to carry out daily tasks such as employment, caring for others, or juggling various commitments. Depression symptoms, including burnout, might interfere with your daily life. Some of the symptoms, such as sleep disturbances, cognitive problems, and exhaustion, are similar to burnout.

However, depression is a diagnosable mental health disorder that manifests itself in a variety of ways, including:

  • You’ve lost interest in your favourite pastimes.
  • Feeling enraged or irritated?
  • Observing shifts in appetite
  • Suicide thoughts or feelings of hopelessness.
  1. What are the commonly-observed symptoms?

Burnout manifests itself physically in the following ways: feeling exhausted and depleted most of the time. Illnesses are more common as a result of lowered immunity. Muscle pain or headaches on a regular basis. Appetite or sleeping patterns have changed.

  1. What is leading to burnout among millennials?

Millennials, those born between 1981 and 1996, are experiencing higher levels of mental and physical weariness than other age groups. Burnout can be caused by a variety of factors, including longer work hours, stagnating salary, and rising debt.

  1. How can one deal and recover from burnout?

Ways to recuperate from burnout include:

  1. Determine what is most essential to you.
  2. Seek help.
  3. Begin to say “no.”
  1. Establish boundaries.
  2. Practice mindfulness
  3. Practice mindfulness
  4. Take a break
  5. Get some exercise
  6. How has pandemic fueled this?

Burnout rates increased dramatically during the pandemic, according to workplace surveys, for the following reasons:

  1. It’s all about setting limits and rewarding yourself.
  2. Difficulty distinguishing between work and home
  3. Having to live on the other side of the world
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