May 28, 2019

The World Health Organization (WHO) has for the first time recognised “burn-out” in its International Classification of Diseases (ICD). The decision was reached during the World Health Assembly in Geneva.


  • Definition:
    • Burn-out is defined as “a syndrome conceptualised as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.”

    • It refers specifically to phenomena in the occupational context and should not be applied to describe experiences in other areas of life.

  • Three dimensions: The syndrome was characterised by three dimensions –
    • Feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion;

    • Increased mental distance from one's job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one's job; and

    • Reduced professional efficacy. 


Source : The Hindu