Physicians, during the exercise of their profession, have to face one of the syndromes that presents the most professional wear and tear, which is none other than Burnout, which is a mental and physical state characterized by the feeling that one cannot more and that it is caused by prolonged stress over time and that it is a sign of emotional saturation and exhaustion, also seasoned by the impossibility of meeting the constant demands.
They stop worrying about their families and personal life
When this stress becomes chronic, it is when you begin to suffer, in addition, loss of interest and motivation, together with a feeling of emptiness or meaninglessness. This discouragement favors absenteeism and reduces productivity and effectiveness. What this entails is that they begin to stop worrying about their families and their personal lives, which are undermined. In addition, they often believe that nothing they do is appreciated or considered by others.
This syndrome was described by Herbert Freudenberger in 1947 and is considered typical of individuals who have to remain in direct and stressful contact with other people because of their work, as the psychiatrist Luis de Rivera has pointed out in his book “Psychological abuse”.
After months or years of intense dedication, the clinical picture appears “as a result of a negative interaction between the worker, the work environment, the team or staff, the organizational structure and the work itself” and it is also a syndrome that “with It often has serious psychomatic and psychiatric complications.
Physicians are more than 8.6% likely to end up emotionally exhausted
Compared to the data with workers in the general population, doctors have an 8.6% greater risk of ending up emotionally exhausted and a 10% greater risk of suffering burnout and decay. Likewise, their probabilities of feeling dissatisfied with the reconciliation between their personal and work life are 17% higher than those of the population average.
Some medical specialties, war pilots and air traffic controllers are the professionals traditionally considered to have a higher level of stress, due to the high degree of responsibility they entail.
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