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Warning Signs

The following list of symptoms may be potential indicators of stress and/or burnout. If you have experienced or are currently experiencing several of these symptoms, you may want to consult a counselor and develop a personal stress management program.

Remember that burnout is a progressive process and does not usually set in quickly, so do not fall into the misconception that burnout only happens to “bad” workers – it can affect anyone over the course of time. Once a person is deep into burnout, it is very hard to recover.


Physical Symptoms

  • Change in appetite/weight change
  • Increased drug, alcohol, tobacco use
  • Digestive upsets
  • Pounding heart
  • Frequent colds
  • Headaches
  • Muscle aches
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Restlessness
  • Teeth grinding
  • Rash

Emotional Symptoms

  • Anxiety
  • Bad temper/irritability
  • Exhaustion
  • Frustration
  • The “blues”
  • Mood swings
  • Nightmares
  • Depression
  • Nervous laughter
  • Crying spells
  • Worrying
  • Becoming easily discouraged

Mental Symptoms

  • Exhaustion
  • Poor concentration
  • Lower productivity/lack of new ideas
  • Forgetfulness, spacing out
  • Dull senses/boredom
  • Negative attitude
  • Confusion
  • Whirling mind

Spiritual Symptoms

  • Exhaustion
  • Feelings of emptiness, doubt, cynicism or apathy
  • Loss of meaning or direction
  • Being unforgiving
  • Martyrdom
  • Looking for “magic”
  • Needing to “prove” self

Relational Symptoms

  • Depersonalization of work and clients
  • Isolation/loneliness
  • Lack of intimacy
  • Lowered sexual drive
  • Clamming up/hiding
  • Intolerance/lashing out
  • Resentment
  • Nagging
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