Herbert J. Freudenberger first coined the term burnout in 1974. His definition of burnout, “the extinction of motivation or incentive, especially where one’s devotion to a cause or relationship, fails to produce the desired results.” According to a secondary source (Khan, 2014) citing Freudenbergers book: Burnout: The High Cost of High Achievement, Freudenberger compared burnout of a person as mirrored to burnout in a building “a once throbbing structure… where once there had been activity, now only crumbling reminders of energy and life.” Although the idea of burnout can be seen in any profession, the purpose of this paper will focus on those in the helping profession. Those in the helping profession are defined as those who work directly with other people in a mental or physical health capacity such as nurses, doctors, psychiatrists, counselors and therapists.
It is important to explore repercussions of burnout left untreated. Physical repercussions such as insomnia and fatigue, and mental repercussions of anxiety and depression. In extreme situations, burnout can lead to death or suicide. Individuals in the helping professions experience high turnover rate due to the termination of employment, either from the helping professional themselves, from not taking care of burnout as it happens, or from their employer, if the burnout accidently leads to a mistakes made at work. Therefore exploring how burnout affects the world can help provide an understanding for importance of mitigating burnout
According to Johnson (2013), burnout can be seen in multiple countries such as Germany, the United Kingdom, Japan, China, and the USA. In Germany, one out of every ten “sick days” on average ...
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...w can it be recognized early on? What self care really works? Research completed by Killian (2008) has shown that what really impacts burnout is not self-care outside of work but setting healthy boundaries inside of work. This paper will begin by discussing the definitions different authors have designated for burnout, compassion fatigue, as well as self-care, and then discuss different stressors that can lead to burnout both at work and at home. Next this paper will explore the work of Killian (2008), C.S. Warrant et all (2012), Eastwood & Eckland (2008) Richards et al (2010), Shapiro, Biegel, and Brown (2007), Boellinghaus et. Al. (2013) and Bober & Regher (2006) will be examined for their findings in what has been best to alleviate burnout along with examining their strengths and weaknesses to find what information is needed in continuing research around burnout.
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