Although they might feel similar at times, there are underlying differences between burnout and depression
Burnout is a state of utter demotivation, mental and physical exhaustion, and a complete lack of interest in activities, generally related to work. Depression is a state of sadness that persists for a long time. At the face of it, both might feel similar at times. But these are distinct, with the latter a mood disorder that requires a proper diagnosis and treatment, while the latter is not recognised as a mental health disorder. Since, at times, they might feel the same, hence there is a need to clear the confusion. And, hence, to know the difference between the two, Onlymyhealth spoke to Mr. Krishna Veer Singh, Co-founder & CEO, Lissun, which is a tech-enabled mental health startup based in Gurugram, Haryana.
Let’s look at both burnout and depression one by one:
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Largely stemming from prolonged stress, burnout is a state of high mental, physical and emotional exhaustion.
Depression, unlike burnout, is recognized as a mental health disorder.
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The symptoms of burnout and depression can often overlap, however, there are many underlying differences, such as:
Addressing both issues promptly is crucial to functioning efficiently in life.
The diagnosis for both burnout and depression can be done easily by a mental health professional. Here are some cues that can help you with the difference:
Yes, if ignored for a long time, burnout can surely turn into depression, as per Lissun. Sometimes, taking a break when burned out can help. However, if you continue putting yourself through the same amount of stress, it can not just cause depression but other mental health issues as well. And these not just impact your work, but your day-to-day functioning. Hence, managing both burnout and depression promptly is crucial.
When ignored, mental health issues can surely turn problematic. Although you might not have total control over your mental health, there are certain things you can do to improve it:
Ignoring a mental health issue or leaving it to deal with in the future is the worst thing you can do to your health. Hence, apart from doing the needful to take care of your mental health, consult a professional whenever you feel the need. As far as depression is concerned, there is a time window. Hence, if you feel sad continuously for 14 days, it’s advisable to see a doctor.
(With inputs from Lissun, a Gurugram-based tech-enabled mental health startup)
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