College burn-out is now classified as a syndrome, could this be you? (game attached)

Are you burnt out? You are not the only one. According to the World Health Organization, burnout is “a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been properly managed.” Does this sound like you?

This syndrome is triggered by a discrepancy between the employee’s ideals and the requirements set out by the employer.

Burnout was first described in 1970 as a work-related constellation of symptoms that usually occurs in individuals without any prior history of psychological disorders. 

Psychologist Herbert Freudenberger defined burnout syndrome as a state of fatigue or frustration brought about by devotion to a cause, way of life, or relationship that failed to produce the expected reward. Social psychologist Christina Maslach then used that information to assess burnout.

In 2019, The World Health Organization stated that burnout should be considered a disease in the new version of the International Classification of Diseases.

According to the Maslach Burnout Inventory, the consequences of burnout are potentially very serious for workers, their clients and the larger institutions with which they interact. More recently, college students have become victims of burnout and it is easier than you think. Your first test comes up after a night out and before you know it, your academic life is compromised.

Play this game to learn more and try not to burn out:

Julia Tsairis is a senior broadcast journalism student at Florida International University. She was born and raised in Miami. Her passion for journalism started out very young as a simple hobby and has blossomed. In addition to her work as a journalist, she enjoys photography and videography and has won many awards for her work. She also enjoys networking in the FIU community. Julia looks forward to achieving her ultimate goal of being able to travel the world, using journalism to help expose the injustices that occur in other countries.