November 10, 2023

Recognizing and Addressing Burnout: Signs and Solutions


Are you feeling burned out? If so, it’s important to know how to recognize and address the signs of burnout. In this blog post, we'll explain what burnout is and how to identify if you're experiencing it. Then we'll walk through strategies for handling burnout in yourself or others.

What is burnout?

Burnout is a state of physical, emotional and mental exhaustion. It can be caused by long hours at work, or it could be the result of constantly feeling stressed out--whether you're working long hours or not. The term burnout was first used in the 1970s to describe the symptoms of workers who had become "burnt out" from overwork. Today, however, the term is used more broadly to encompass any type of job-related stress that leads to exhaustion and feelings of being overwhelmed by your responsibilities at work.*

How to recognize burnout.

Burnout is characterized by a combination of physical, emotional and mental symptoms. The signs you should watch out for include:

●    Excessive fatigue

●    Lack of motivation (or apathy)

●    Poor concentration

●    Inability to enjoy life or things that used to be enjoyable

●    Irritability towards others (e.g., arguments over trivial matters)

Burnout can also lead to depression-like feelings such as sadness and hopelessness; irritability that may cause you to snap at people; loss of sense of humour; feelings of worthlessness; guilt about not being able to perform well at work; anxiety about keeping up with responsibilities outside the workplace (e.g., home maintenance); incompetence in certain areas because you don't feel like doing them anymore

Why does burnout happen?

Burnout is a symptom of an unhealthy work environment. If you've ever felt burned out, chances are it's because of the way your job was structured or how you were treated by others at work.

According to the American Psychological Association (APA), there are many factors that contribute to burnout:

●    Workload - Too much work in too little time can lead to exhaustion and fatigue, which can lead directly back down the road towards burnout if not addressed quickly enough.

●    Lack of control - If employees feel like they have no say over what happens at their jobs or within their companies, then they're likely going to feel less valued by management than those people who do have some level of control over their roles within organizations' hierarchies--and this feeling alone may cause enough stress that eventually leads us back towards feeling exhausted all over again!

The effects of burnout on the body, mind and spirit.

●    Physical effects:

●    Headaches and fatigue

●    Poor sleep quality, including insomnia and sleeping too much

●    Weight gain or weight loss (this is not necessarily a good thing)

●    Mental effects:

●    Inability to concentrate or focus on tasks at hand, even simple ones like reading or watching TV. You may also find yourself easily distracted by thoughts about work when trying to relax or enjoy yourself.

●    Spiritual effects: You may feel disconnected from others, including friends and family members who don't understand what you're going through. It's important for them to be supportive; otherwise, it can make things even worse!

There are many signs that may indicate a workplace is experiencing burnout and these can be addressed by looking at the root causes of the problem.

There are many signs that may indicate a workplace is experiencing burnout and these can be addressed by looking at the root causes of the problem.

Ketamine Therapy and the Impact it Can Have

  1. Rapid Relief: Ketamine has been shown to have rapid antidepressant effects. In cases of severe workplace burnout, where traditional treatments might take weeks or longer to show results, ketamine therapy could provide quicker relief, allowing individuals to cope with stress and emotional challenges more effectively.
  2. Altered Perception of Stress: Ketamine can induce a dissociative state and temporarily alter perception. In some cases, this altered state may allow individuals to gain new perspectives on their work-related stressors and experiences, potentially leading to insights on managing and coping with burnout.
  3. Increased Resilience: Some studies suggest that ketamine might promote neural plasticity, which could lead to enhanced emotional resilience. Improved resilience might enable individuals to bounce back more effectively from workplace stress and adapt to challenging situations.
  4. Combating Comorbid Mental Health Issues: Workplace burnout often coexists with other mental health conditions like depression and anxiety. Ketamine therapy, which has shown promise in addressing these comorbid conditions, could indirectly contribute to alleviating burnout symptoms by treating the underlying mental health issues.

However, it's essential to note that the use of ketamine for any mental health condition, including workplace burnout, is still a relatively new and evolving area of research.

If you or someone you know is experiencing workplace burnout or mental health challenges, it is crucial to seek guidance from a mental health professional who can recommend the most appropriate and evidence-based treatments for your specific situation. Traditional therapies such as counseling, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and lifestyle changes can also be effective in addressing workplace burnout.


Burnout is a real problem that can have devastating effects on individuals and organizations. There are many signs that may indicate a workplace is experiencing burnout and these can be addressed by looking at the root causes of the problem. Burnout can be prevented if organizations take steps early on to address stressors before they become overwhelming for employees as well as managers who are responsible for preventing such situations from happening in the first place.


This blog is not medical advice or therapeutic advice but general knowledge to help you get the most out of your experiences with psychedelic therapy. At-home psychedelic therapy sessions with generic ketamine may be prescribed "off-label" for suitable candidates as an alternative pathway. Over the last two decades, research suggests that ketamine may be able to safely and effectively improve many treatment-resistant conditions. A form of ketamine, Esketamine (Spravato), is an FDA-approved medication for depression. Spravato treatments are only available in-person in our office. Our at-home programs include therapeutic guidance, safety protocols, breathwork, virtual treatment preparation and 1-on-1 integration coaching to get the most out of your sessions.