ADAA sits down with ADAA Member Jenny Yip, PsyD, ABPP and Ashley Bramhall, MA to discuss what burnout means, strategies to practice self-care, and how to find balance in your life.
Can you define what burnout means?
Dr. Yip: Well, I think there are many different definitions of burnout depending on what context you're thinking of. For myself as a mother of two, five year old twins, and also a professional running the Renewed Freedom Center, and all the different professional hats that I wear, burnout isn't just about the work context, it is burnout in any area of my life, whether it's as a mother or as a professional.
Now, I do know that the ICD 10 or ICD 11 describes burnout as just in your work environment where you would be completely taxed of energy, you would be feeling irritable, perhaps pessimistic, you wouldn't be effective and productive at your work. So that's the ICD definition. Though I think most of us, especially in the last two years have experienced burnout no matter what contexts, we're describing it as.
Ms. Bramhall: And I think it's important to add to that that, like Dr. Yip said, it's not just in the work arena, but also that everybody experiences burnout differently. So what one person's burnout looks like is going to be different than another person's burnout and to be able to be open and compassionate and hear everybody out. Not just be like, "Well, I'm not burned out and I'm doing the same amount of work" or "My life is crazy and I'm not burned out. How is yours? You're doing nothing compared to me."
So I think that's also important thing to take a note when we talk about burnout overall.