WHO Classifies Burnout As An "Occupational Phenomenon" For The First Time In History
For the first time ever, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has recognised burnout as an "occupational phenomenon"
According to WHO, the term 'burnout' is defined as "a syndrome conceptualised as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed"
Patients with the condition could suffer from these three symptoms:
1. Feeling depleted of energy or exhausted,
2. Feeling mentally distanced from or cynical about one's job, and
3. Having problems getting work done efficiently.
WHO added that the classification is only applicable to work and does not describe other areas of one's life
"This is the first time burnout has been included in the classification", WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic told reporters, New Straits Times reported.
The updated ICD list (ICD-11) will come into effect in January 2022 following recommendations by health experts globally last year.
Meanwhile, WHO intends to develop "evidence-based guidelines on mental well-being in the workplace," CBS News revealed.
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