- What is burnout, and what are some of the symptoms of it?
- How do we know if we’re burnt out to the point of becoming depressed?
- Do you have any advice you’d give to health care providers about how they can continue to help others without letting their own mental health fall to the wayside?
- Can you explain the difference between fatigue and burnout?
- How can we accurately convey burnout to a partner who may not understand what we’re going through? How can we support our partner who might be experiencing burnout?
- How can health care professionals help improve the stressors that we encounter in our work environments?
- Do you have any tips or ways to break the ice around discussing burnout with our supervisors or managers?
- If you’re a boss, manager, or supervisor, would you advise similar behavior in how to break the ice about burnout with your employees?
- I’m employed at a counseling center and see so much burnout around me. Are there strategies to address burnout on a more systemic level when the messaging we receive has constantly been “get the work done”?
- Do you have any advice for students in health professions who are already experiencing academic burnout and are worried about developing professional burnout once they enter the workforce?
- Do you have any suggestions for health care grad students actively trying to combat burnout when they don’t have a defined workday?
- Some of us are people pleasers or are willing to take on more work than is reasonable. How do we manage boundaries and burnout?
- You mentioned people having a short fuse as being a sign of burnout. Are there typical signs or symptoms that someone is experiencing burnout?
- How can we gently encourage our partner—who may be resistant to talking to a therapist—to start talking to someone about burnout?
- Can teens experience burnout? There are so many kids learning online and they’re “over it” and not engaging anymore.
- Is there an official diagnosis for burnout?
- How can we get ourselves off of social media before we go to bed?
You may find this additional information helpful:
- Managing Anxiety and Stress in the Workplace and at Home
- Your Everyday Guide to Stress Management
- Frazzled Families and Overcoming Parental Burnout
- Let’s Talk About Job Burnout
- The Perks of Powering Down
- How Much Screen Time Is Too Much for Kids?
About Dr. Coyne
Lisa W. Coyne, PhD, is an assistant professor of psychology in the Department of Psychiatry, part-time, at Harvard Medical School, and is a senior clinical consultant at the Child and Adolescent OCD Institute (OCDI Jr.) at McLean Hospital.
Dr. Coyne has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and chapters on anxiety, OCD, and parenting. She is the author of “The Joy of Parenting: An Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Guide to Effective Parenting in the Early Years,” a book for parents of young children.
Recent books by Dr. Coyne:
- Stuff That’s Loud: A Teen’s Guide to Unspiraling When OCD Gets Noisy
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: The Clinician’s Guide for Supporting Parents
- The Joy of Parenting: An Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Guide to Effective Parenting in the Early Years
Learn more about Dr. Coyne.
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