There have probably never been as many television programs, press articles, surveys and books on burnout as there are now.
And yet, there is still a great deal of misunderstanding and (of) confusion around this topic.
Can someone suffer from a burnout without being depressed?
Can a burnout, bore-out, brown-out and others be considered as "diseases"?
What type of medical and psychological treatments are required during a sick leave?
What can be done to anticipate this “earthquake”, and how can we prevent a possible relapse once back in the workforce?
Why does the work stoppage sometimes last several years for some people, while others seem to be up and running after a few months?
“Rest, rest and only rest” is always mentioned as the best treatment, is that true for everyone?
What can we do (and especially not do) as a close relative (family member/friend) to help a person suffering from a burnout in the best way?
Can only rest promote healing?
A burnout must be approached in a completely personalized way. Although there are many common symptoms among "burnies" (irritability, isolation, intense fatigue, etc...), the way to approach it must be addressed on a case-by-case basis. It will be essential to identify the mechanisms that led the person to collapse in a sometimes brutal way.
And even if there may be people who are more likely to suffer from it in the course of their lives, it would be harmful to simply stigmatize them as "prone" to burnouts. The burnout was gradually able to "brew" in a very specific context, with a certain trigger moment and not necessarily reproducible.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), depression and anxiety disorders (including stress-related disorders) will be the leading global health problems by 2020, competing with cardiovascular disease. This means that it will be crucial to have the support of a professional (whether coach or therapist) trained in this type of situation, with the increasing number of people exposed to burnout (among others).
It is key to receive help:
1. When the first alarm signals are felt, so as to better assess where one stands on the fatigue/exhaustion scale and avoid reaching the point of no return.
2. During the burnout. Some will say that you cannot start coaching or therapy in burnout due to a lack of sufficient energy. I would say that this will depend entirely on the professional solicited, his or her more or less in-depth knowledge of burnout (or bore-out, brown-out, blur-out) and the way the in which he or she will try to get the patient back on track.
3. Before going back to work to be optimally prepared and avoid being crushed under society’s steamroller.
4. After returning to work, to take a look at the evolution of things and make sure that the absence of symptoms is maintained over time.
To that end, during the first consultation, I assess where the person stands in this exhaustion process so as to determine what kind of support they will need in priority. A burnout can be a very long process. However, the length of the recovery period can sometimes be significantly extended due to a lack of tailor-made and adequate support for the person suffering.
I invite you to contact me for an appointment.