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Burn-out patients do not talk about their illness in the work environment
Many patients with burn-out syndrome are silent about their problems at work. In a representative survey, the opinion research institute Innofact found that 40 percent of burn-out patients do not talk about their mental ailments in the professional environment.
Almost half of the burnout patients do not speak about their psychological problems with colleagues or their superiors. Although a large part of them return to the old post after the burn-out, the psychological difficulties of those affected are hardly addressed in their professional lives. Every sixth burn-out patient changes his job due to excessive psychological stress, according to the latest survey by the opinion research institute Innofact.
Many Burn-Out Patients Do Not Talk About Their Problems On behalf of the temporary employment agency Randstad, the Innofact polling institute asked 627 burn-out patients about how they deal with their psychological problems. The researchers found that 40 percent of burnout patients in the professional environment do not speak about their mental health problems - neither with colleagues nor with superiors. Apparently, it is particularly difficult for those affected to talk about their own mental ailments at work. The fear of the reaction certainly plays a significant role here, but those who communicate their difficulties openly can also hope for support. Almost 25 percent of the respondents stated that burn-out patients said that their colleagues had responded positively to open discussions about the psychological problems and made offers of help to support them. Overall, 71 percent of those surveyed returned to their previous positions in the company after surviving burn-out syndrome, regardless of whether or not they had previously spoken to their colleagues about their suffering, according to the latest study. However, more than a sixth (17.2 percent) of burnout patients have left their old company. Another 11 percent have looked for a new area of responsibility.
Pressure to perform at work Risk factor for burn-out Burn-out syndrome is a growing problem in the highly performance-oriented world of work. More and more professionals no longer feel able to cope with psychological pressure. The President of the Congress for Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, Dr. In March this year, Wolfgang Senf stated that "research on burnout primarily identifies the framework of work organization regarding the risks of chronic fatigue". According to the expert, individual reasons only play a subordinate role. "Total exhaustion finally occurs when people can no longer replenish their work-related resource and energy consumption," explained Dr. Mustard. According to the expert, the very committed employees in particular are subject to a particularly high risk of burnout. Good work performance "becomes a risk, so to speak", because those who do their job properly are often overwhelmed with other, sometimes difficult, tasks, emphasized Dr. This inevitably leads to an overload and consequently often to a severe psychological, organic and mental exhaustion of the previously healthy people.
Symptoms of burn-out syndrome According to the experts, the first signs of a possible burn-out syndrome are physical, mental and emotional states of exhaustion. Those affected suffer from an increasing lack of drive, often suffer from stress or irritation and can hardly calm down or can no longer switch off. At the same time, sleep disorders, chronic fatigue and a kind of inner restlessness occur relatively frequently, the specialists explained at the congress for psychosomatic medicine and psychotherapy in mid-March. The result can also be increased psychosomatic complaints, emphasized Dr. The specialist also pointed out that those affected need professional support in the form of supervision and psychotherapy as early as possible. In addition, other treatment options should be tailored to the patient, emphasized Dr. According to the expert, it would often be enough if the person concerned changed the area of responsibility or the job, otherwise cures and a longer recovery phase were recommended. (fp)
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