What is Burnout?
The term was coined in 1974 by Herbert Freudenberger, a psychologist. It was defined as cynicism, a loss of motivation, and a sense of being depleted emotionally. These were the symptoms he witnessed in free clinic volunteers who had once been upbeat and committed mental health associates, but the depleting resulted in the resentment of the clinic and the patients.
Burnout is a recognized medical disorder, and many of the symptoms overlap with those of depression, including negativity, intense cynicism, extreme fatigue, and a loss of passion.