Many people may confuse the symptoms of burnout with depression, but depression and burnout have very different effects on the body. Depression is associated with high levels of cortisol, a hormone secreted by the body in response to stress, whereas burnout is actually linked to low cortisol levels. The issue here is that people often visit their doctor with symptoms of burnout, and as there are similarities, they are subsequently treated for depression – given antidepressants that only lower their cortisol levels even further. This does not treat the problem and only makes burnout worse.
While stress is unavoidable, burnout is. Take the Great American Stress Test to determine your personal stress level, and take action to prevent reaching your breaking point. Click here to take the test.
Remember that the mind and body are intrinsically connected, and that stress and the physically inflammation it causes can ravage the body and age you before your time.
Identify the symptoms of burnout and learn new ways to keep a meltdown at bay.
Burnout Symptom #1: Emotional Exhaustion
This symptom presents with the feeling of being emotionally drained, as if you feel you’ve got nothing left to give, even when dealing with the people and relationships that matter to you most.