Knows the symptoms of burn worker syndrome, the disease that will enter the WHO list

Burned worker syndrome, also called burnout will enter the list of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) that will be published soon by the World Health Organization (WHO).

This disorder, associated with chronic stress at work, it was already in the previous edition of the catalog -of 1990-, but it was described in an unspecific way as problems related to difficulty in the control of life.

For this new edition, the experts point out that this change will give visibility to the disease and, being linked to a problem at work, it will also facilitate the management of human resources in companies. The new classification will take effect in 2022.

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Symptoms and causes

Experts estimate that the burnout affects 10% of workers and, although in some places it can reach between 2% and 5%. Work stress is considered the second most common occupational health problem in Europe.

The Causes of this syndrome should be sought in the work environment and working conditions: high levels of stress, excessive burden of tasks, poor autonomy, poor relationships and lack of support in their environment. All this can lead to a chronic stress that triggers burnout.

Between the symptom of the syndrome of the burned worker are found

– Depersonalization of tasks

– Emotional and physical wear

– Low performance and difficult to focus.

– Feeling of exhaustion, failure and impotence

– Low self-esteem

– Little personal realization

– Permanent state of nervousness and aggressive behavior

– Headache

– Tachycardia

– Insomnia

– Work absenteeism

– Boredom

– Poor communication


To identify whether a person suffers from this disorder, there is a specific test: Maslach Burnout Inventor questionnaire, which measures the severity of professional burnout in order to stop it in time.

The affected person should answer questions about their habits and their work environment, scoring them from zero to six according to the frequency with which they live in each of the situations.

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