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Burnout and depression linked

Research by in the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership suggests a strong connection between burnout and .

In a study of more than 5,500 school teachers to estimate the prevalence of in workers with burnout, 90% of the subjects identified as burned out met diagnostic criteria for depression.

The study also examined the overlap of burnout with the atypical subtype of depression. Features of were observed in 63% of the burned-out participants with .

“The study suggests that the burnout – depression overlap has been largely underestimated,” said Professor Schonfeld, whose collaborators included University of Franche-ComtĂ© psychologists Renzo Bianchi and Eric Laurent. “Atypical depression may account for a substantial part of this overlap. Overall, our findings point to depressive symptoms and depressive disorders as central concerns in the management of burnout. The clinical research on treatments for depression offers solutions that may help workers identified as burned out.”

A paper on the study, “Is Burnout a Depressive Disorder? A Reexamination With Special Focus on Atypical Depression,” (DOI: 10.1037/a0037906) appears in the “International Journal of Stress Management.


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