Many experts dismissed burnout as silly pop psychology when the term came to the forefront in the 1970s. Since that time, burnout has been widely accepted as a condition of total exhaustion and emotional depletion that occurs over a long period of time. Burnout usually occurs in people who display no other symptoms of depression, anxiety, or other forms of mental illness.
Burnout is becoming more prevalent as companies grow larger and the world of business becomes increasingly complex. This work-related disorder is especially common for wealthy high achievers who may have trouble admitting they’re worn out, or who be hesitant to discuss their feelings of frustration and hopelessness.
As people move at ultra-high speed in an increasingly fast-paced world, they become less fulfilled and may reach a tipping point where they’re too exhausted to function. In time, burnout affects the entire family, and may have serious consequences for the future of a successful business.
Stress, Pressure and Burnout
Many high-powered executives thrive on high levels of stress and pressure, and thanks to a rush of adrenaline, they can accomplish an incredible amount of work in a very short time. For some, work becomes all-consuming with no “off” button in sight.
Such a heavy workload isn’t sustainable and burnout is the inevitable result. The consequences of burnout are many and may include minor illness, cold, flu, headaches and indigestion, chest palpitations, muscle cramps, teeth grinding or decreased sexual desire. People suffering burnout are more prone to accidents, including a higher risk of car accidents.
A person in the throes of burnout may experience racing thoughts at night. As they take on more and more projects, they may become detached or irritable, or angry and impatient with co-workers, friends and family members.
Self-Medication Symptoms of Burnout Leads to Addiction
All too often, drugs and alcohol are the go-to answer to relieve the pressure. While this “quick fix” may seem to help in the short term, it can lead to addiction, which compounds the problem exponentially.
Cocaine is a growing problem among wealthy executives who use the drug to enhance alertness and maintain a high level of performance. The problem with cocaine is that it is highly addictive and increasingly higher doses are required to provide the same feelings.
Alcohol is the drug of choice for people who need to wind down after a hectic day. Alcohol, after-hours cocktails and various alcohol-fueled social events are common in the business world.
Some busy executives turn to prescription medications to cope with physical symptoms such as insomnia or joint and muscle pain.
Treatment for Burnout and Addiction
If you’re concerned that you’re experiencing burnout combined with addiction, Paracelsus Recovery can treat your addiction and help you build a healthy balance between life and work. This is a workable, long-term solution for victims of addiction and burnout.
Paracelsus works with CEOs, entrepreneurs, top-level businessmen, celebrities, professional athletes and others who cope with a tremendous amount of stress. Each client benefits from the assistance of the best staff available, including some of the world’s best physicians and a team of highly specialized psychiatrists, psychologists and nutritionists.
Are you Suffering from Burnout?
How can you tell if you’re suffering from burnout, or if you’re just feeling a little tired and stressed? Here are a few questions to ask yourself.
- Are you constantly exhausted. Do you feel like you never get enough sleep?
- Are you making poor lifestyle choices? Do you live on junk food and coffee or cigarettes?
- Are you experiencing stress-related health problems such as muscle aches, upset stomach or frequent headaches?
- Do thoughts of work keep you awake at night? Do you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep?
- Have you lost enjoyment in activities you’ve always found enjoyable, including hobbies, sports, or time with family and friends?
- Do you frequently feel angry or irritable? Are you taking your frustration out on your spouse, children or coworkers?
You can also take our Burnout Assessement by clicking here if you aren’t sure.