Burn out finally work calls again but i am afraid

In Europe, every fourth person suffers from depression once in his or her life. This makes it one of the most common illnesses. At the same time, many underestimate it: Depression can affect anyone, regardless of gender, age and social status. Decisive for whether depression occurs is the genetic predisposition. It influences whether a person is prone to depression. In concrete terms, it is often triggered by negative life events. Sometimes, however, no concrete trigger can be identified. A basic understanding of the disease is essential to help properly. The problem: It is often difficult to recognize. This chart shows when depression may be present: When at least two of the symptoms in the inner circle apply, for example, "Decreased drive" and "Depressed mood". And additionally at least two symptoms in the outer circle like "sleep disturbances" and "decrease in appetite" – and that for more than two weeks. But only a doctor can make the diagnosis. That's why it's important for those affected to see a doctor as soon as possible – as with all serious illnesses. The family doctor is a good first point of contact. Left to their own devices, however, this path can be very difficult, because lack of drive and hopelessness block those affected. Here, help from your personal environment is particularly valuable: It is important to make an appointment and, if you wish, to go with you to the doctor. Depression can be treated well with psychotherapy and medication: Behavioral therapy is a commonly used psychotherapeutic method. The goal is to structure everyday life and to overcome negative thinking automatisms. The second pillar of treatment is medication. In depression, neurotransmitters in the brain are out of balance -. This disturbs the transmission of impulses between the nerve cells. It is amed that antidepressants restore the balance of neurotransmitters – even if the exact mechanisms are not known. Consistent treatment usually shortens the painful phase and minimizes the risk of relapse. With professional help and support from the private environment, a depressive episode can soon subside.

She was 27, successful and loved her life. And then suddenly she was sitting in the psychiatric ward. Our author writes openly about her burnout for NEON. Today she reports on her return to work.

Feeling exhausted, having no desire to go to school, work or study, and performing worse – many people have already experienced these or similar symptoms. If the stress and strain at work becomes too great, more and more employees feel burned out – they suffer from burnout. According to "Statista In Germany, the number of people who are unable to work due to burnout has tripled in the last ten years.

But is burnout a disease? Experts have been discussing this for years. Now the World Health Organization (WHO) has reacted. The syndrome recognized as a disease for the first time. It is now in the catalog of global health disorders. This is a big step, since doctors and health insurers often base their work on the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), which the WHO provides. Even as a young professional or student you can experience burnout – just like our author. In her burnout column at NEON earlier this year, she wrote about her experiences. Here you can read her story again:

"You are simply afraid, Ms. Blau, you are running away!"

For two weeks I have been arguing with my therapist. About whether or not to go back to my old job. She was of the opinion: absolutely. I was of the opinion: no way.

It was a paradox: I had worked for weeks with this very therapist to come to terms with the idea that my life would have to change fundamentally after the burnout and the trip to the psychiatric ward. Now wanted to make a fundamental change -. It did not fit just as well. Even though I was very lucky to have a permanent employment contract in this situation – after months of sick leave: I didn't want to go back to my old desk.

Burnout "Welcome to the anxiety group, dear Sophie!"

In the long run, I had never wanted to stay in PR, where I had been working for several years, but now I was out anyway – there couldn't have been a better opportunity to finally make the leap. Obviously I am, my therapist said. "You need a daily routine, Ms. Blau, and that means going to work. You can't just hang around at home for weeks on end. They're back to depression faster than they can count to three."

Burn out finally work calls again but i am afraid

"They are simply afraid"

She didn't want to hear anything about the fact that I had made a fairly firm plan to train as a physiotherapist and would like to make one or two trips beforehand – I had long since said goodbye to the big trip around the world: "Do you know how much energy a new training program and a trip like that will cost you?? You don't have it, Mrs. Blue. They are just afraid of their job, of their boss. And fear, as you know as well as I do by now, can only be gotten rid of by facing it."

There I sat, and I really had no argument left in my hand. Finally, I had to admit to myself: My therapist was right. I was afraid. From slipping into depression again. Of my boss. Even in front of offices in general. In the meantime I had developed a real office phobia. It was enough for me to pass the glass office towers between the Donnersberger Bridge and Munich Central Station on the S-Bahn for it to run ice-cold down my spine.

Maybe integration really wasn't such a stupid idea: I would have the opportunity to test how fit I really was. And I would have the opportunity to make peace with everything. So I made a new plan. Six weeks at home to get back into my life, I negotiated out with the therapist. For this I had to present a detailed employment plan.

On 1. January I wanted to start with the reintegration, according to the Hamburg model, two hours in the first week. For six weeks, my working hours would then be gradually increased until I finally reached 40 hours and thus the end of my sick leave. Then I could still quit. With this plan, I left the psychosomatic clinic after a total of 12 weeks spent in clinics.

Small conflicts immediately threw me off track

I felt stable and healthy. Fiddlesticks. If burn-out taught me two things, it was firstly patience and secondly that things usually turn out differently than you think. I never took up the firmly planned re-integration. It took me much, much longer than I thought to even get back to my quiet daily routine of household chores, doctor's appointments, sports and yoga. Even small conflicts immediately threw me off track. Work was out of the question for a long time.

Burn-out column "I didn't feel like getting out of bed – but my best medicine was in my own hands: exercise"

I just wasn't stable enough, not even for two hours a day. Finally, after nine months of sick leave, I signed a termination agreement. The staffing level was to be thinned out. I was one of the first "victims.

Today I am really healthy, resilient and fit again. Training as a physiotherapist is also exhausting, a full-time job. But it's going again, and it's going well. I can do as I did before if I want to. But that's the important difference. Today I ask myself beforehand if – whatever is at hand – it has to be to fully exhaust my resilience. Surprisingly, the answer is usually easier for me than I thought. Very few people or things are so important to me that I want to wear myself out for them.

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