The term burnout syndrome was coined by the American psychologist Christina Maslach in 1976. She defined it according to three criteria:
- Emotional exhaustion,
Originally, it was assumed that people in helping professions were particularly affected by burnout syndrome, e.g: Nursing staff, social workers, teachers and doctors. The reality is that burnout syndrome can be found in almost all professions today.
In our private clinic, we offer patients with burnout syndrome the opportunity to deal with their own situation intensively, discreetly and anonymously in a relaxed vacation environment as part of a brief therapy. This includes:
- Analysis of the work situation
- Analysis of your own resources
- The reactivation of neglected, healthy areas of life.
- Learning techniques to relax and set boundaries.
Do I have burnout?
Do I need treatment?
Take our burnout self-test (Modified after Maslach)
Simply answer the questions in the three categories to find out whether you are suffering from burnout or whether you are at risk.
If your results in the areas of “professional exhaustion” and “depersonalization” are both in the red zone, and especially if your own performance assessment is also in the red, then you should seek professional help immediately.
If you are interested in psychosomatic treatment for burnout syndrome, contact us now. We will contact you personally immediately to find the best possible therapy for you without obligation.
Burnout self test
What is Burnout?
The World Economic Forum estimates the annual costs associated with burnout at around 322 billion euros worldwide.
The following factors have a particularly harmful effect on health or illness in the workplace:
- Quantity of work
- no influence on processes
- lack of reward and recognition
- working atmosphere and collegiality
- transparency and fairness
- meaningfulness and
Due to the increasing work pressure in our society, the risk of burnout is significantly increased. The dangerous thing about this illness is that – as with alcohol addiction – it develops gradually and in phases. Those affected define themselves first and foremost through their work; other values such as family and leisure activities are seen as secondary. After years of overwork, they reach the point where nothing works anymore. They lack the strength to live. The will to work may still be there, but body, mind and spirit are failing.
Even a vacation lasting several weeks does not bring lasting recovery. Withdrawal from the social environment is also typical. The signs of burnout are the collapse of the immune system, chronic back pain, depression and pain syndromes, the escape into addiction, the use of alcohol, drugs, medication, etc.
Burnout syndrome is not yet a classified diagnosis; it is already scheduled for inclusion in the latest edition of the ICD (International Classification of Deseases).
Burnout is a process diagnosis: a gradual process that ultimately leads to the above-mentioned clinical pictures. However, this is also an opportunity for the individual to reveal themselves.
People in the helping professions in particular often find it difficult to seek help themselves and accept psychotherapy.
The concept of burnout is a pretextual justification: “I’m only ill because I’ve put so much energy into my work”. This is easier to admit to your own self-image than depression and pain.
Treatment of burnout syndrome
Nevertheless, many of those affected come to treatment too late. The earlier individual therapy can be started, the shorter the duration of therapy. It is often almost impossible for patients to engage in psychotherapy alongside their stressful everyday working lives. Inpatient therapies, on the other hand, usually last so long that social and professional disadvantages are expected.
In our clinic in Palma de Mallorca, the treatment of burnout takes place as an intensive combination therapy. Depending on the individual symptoms of our patients, ketamine infusions, neurofeedback, rTMS and, of course, relaxation methods can be used in addition to intensive psychotherapy in individual sessions.
Especially when the burnout syndrome is accompanied by depression, ketamine-assisted psychotherapy can bring about long-lasting improvement.