Depression is a typical side effect of being burned out. It is especially common when our initial excitement about something has turned into chronic frustration.
Depression is the most common result of burnout. According to modern medicine, burnout occurs when someone has been engaged with something for too long, too exclusively, and too intensely, without paying attention to other areas of life and without taking the time to rest and relax. Inevitably, by doing this, a person experiences an increasing level of stress, which accumulates over time. Thus, many doctors see burnout as the result of poor stress management.
If people are driven by fears, deadlines and meetings and constantly forced to confront obstacles and unpleasant events, they burn out from the cumulative tension that these factors cause. When this cumulative stress makes someone feel that he/she can’t or probably won’t achieve his/her goals, depression manifests itself in the form of anxiety, hopelessness, despair, and a lack of pleasure in life. In turn, these feelings make things worse: if you are depressed, you behave and interact with people differently, thereby causing others to treat you differently as well. This can become a vicious cycle.
What is the connection between stress and burnout?
Stress is the only widely accepted source for burnout, but there are indications that this is only part of the truth. Burnout can also be caused by a high level of electrosmog pollution.