Burn-out is now recognised by World Health Organisation

An article from the Counselling Directory magazine ‘Happiful’ highlights that burn-out is now officially recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a medical condition. These are four factors which the WHO identifies as characterising the condition:

  • feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion
  • increased mental distance from one’s job
  • feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job
  • reduced professional efficacy.

This new recognition does not officially take effect until January 2022, when the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD-11)  replaces the previous version ICD-10. The WHO is also careful to point out that this would be a work-related medical condition and is not applicable to other life situations.