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Knowing the concept and definition of burnout is one thing, but it is more important to understand and recognize the common symptoms.  Unfortunately, it may be easier to recognize these symptoms in observing others, and you may have witnessed some extreme examples in professors, colleagues, preceptors or other medical professionals.  Although your burnout may manifest somewhat uniquely, here are the most common symptoms associated with burnout, according to THIS article from the Mayo Clinic:

  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Sadness
  • Anger or Irritability with patients and colleagues
  • Cynicism
  • Depersonalization
  • Lack of motivation
  • Decreased job satisfaction
  • Increased anxiety
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Substance use/abuse

Symptoms will differ among individuals, and it is critical to know how your symptoms of burnout may manifest.  It is also vital to recognize that symptoms typically develop slowly over time, often undetected until a critical threshold, such as seen in the fable of the frog in the boiling pot.  Much like the maladies that we diagnose and treat in our patients, emphasis on prevention and early detection are critical for the best outcomes.

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Published by Shayne Foley

I have dedicated myself to a lifelong pursuit of health and wellness, both personally and professionally, over the last 25 years. My passions, interests and experiences have led me to a multitude of health and wellness disciplines, resulting in an accumulation of over 40,000 hours of experience. My educational degrees include: Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Exercise Science, Master’s Degree in Biomechanics and a Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies. In addition to my educational accomplishments, the culmination of my career experiences outside of the classroom have developed my passion for coaching and teaching. Some of these experiences include: Performance coaching for elite athletes and business professionals (10+ years), teaching at multiple universities (6+ years) and working as a Physician Assistant (10 years). These academic, pedagogical and practical experiences have shaped, and continue to shape, my philosophies, theories and solutions related to health and wellness. I am thrilled and humbled to now be bringing all of my acquired knowledge, holistic approach and pragmatic methods into what I see as my most important and impassioned work to date: Coaching healthcare professionals to reach their personal and professional goals. I grew up in Western Massachusetts, and have spent the majority of my life living throughout New England. I currently reside in Vermont, where the environment and culture organically foster an optimal work-life balance. I live joyfully with my lovely wife and rescue dog. My other interests include outdoor recreation, lifestyle design, financial independence, travel and supporting my local community. I’d love to hear from you. If you’d like to contact me, you can do so via the following ways: efficientclinician@gmail.com

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