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Dealing with Burnout

Last Updated: February 13, 2019


Inadequate management of stress results in a state of mental, physical, and emotional exhaustion, and a perpetually drained mental, physical, and spiritual state eventually results in burnout. Given that these states are in constant flux, management of burnout requires a balance by

  • decreasing energy disbursed by reducing stress and/or
  • increasing energy reserves through alterations in lifestyle to enable more effective rejuvenation.

As was discussed in the Resilience in Neurosurgery chapter, particular scenarios can be considered risk factors for burnout:

  • Working with distressed or difficult people
  • Having strong motivation to work with people but feeling hindered by administrative tasks
  • Having too much responsibility
  • Being a perfectionist
  • Having...