Are you feeling burnt out from your job? Emotionally exhausted from work? You're not alone! Burnout is now an official ailment to medical professionals.

The World Health Organization (WHO) is officially recognizing 'burnout' in their handbook for doctors and health insurers in section ICD-11 for Mortality and Morbidity Statistics. They describe burnout as:

"Problems associated with employment or unemployment" and is described as a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.

Burnout is defined as:

  • Feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion.
  • Increased mental distance from one’s job or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one's career.
  • Reduced professional efficacy.

ICD-11 says burn-out must adhere specifically to phenomena in the occupational context and should not be applied to describe experiences in other areas of life, such as:

  • Adjustment disorder
  • Disorders specifically associated with stress
  • Anxiety or fear-related disorders
  • Mood disorders

Do you feel stressed at work? Does workers comp cover this?

[H/T USA Today]