05.28.2019

Burnout recognized as a medical condition by World Health Organization

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Professional burnout is being recognized as a medical condition for the first time by the World Health Organization (WHO). 

The latest version of the organization's handbook, the Internal Classification of Diseases (ICD), describes 'burn-out' as a syndrome "resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed." 

A spokesman for the WHO told reporters "it's the first time" professional burnout has been recognized as a condition by the organization, according to an AFP report. It's included in a section about problems associated with employment or unemployment. 

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