burnout is now a real diagnosable condition

The World Health Organization confirms what we already know.

by Jack Sunnucks
28 May 2019, 10:01pm

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Burnout, the disorder stalking stressed out millennials (and everyone else) at every turn, is now a diagnosable condition. The World Health Organization’s latest diagnostic manual lists the criteria as “feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion,” “increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job,” and “reduced professional efficacy.” In which case, diagnose us immediately. The paper says that before considering burnout, doctors should first rule out similar disorders like anxiety and depression. It’s also limited to work, and shouldn’t be applied to other stressful situations.

Anticipating a wave of opinion pieces about what contributes to burnout, i-D has done an unscientific, pre-emptive poll of fashion writers (ourselves) and concluded that the following greatly increase your risk of burnout. Factors include:

Inbox overload

Meetings about meetings

The internet at large

Nobody getting the theme for the Met Gala

Being a “creative”

Worrying if you should be doing something to prevent ecological collapse rather than writing about shoes

Having to commute to work

Working at all.

Obviously, the real cure for burnout would be to abolish work altogether. Or, at least, make the “@here” function on Slack illegal before we all explode.

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