Manifestation of Stress
unexpected, sudden stress-producing event may produce symptoms of
overload, but more often, it is the thousand, minor, daily hassles
that accumulate to generate overwhelming stress and accelerate the
downward spiral toward burn-out. Burn-out occurs when an ongoing
confrontation with reality pits the human spirit against
circumstances that are intractable to change, producing surrender to
lack of power, disillusionment, resignation, apathy and exhaustion
of caring energies. The burned-out employee feels stagnated in work
and often in personal life as well. Caring becomes apathy,
involvement produces distancing, openness turns into
self-protectiveness and trust drifts toward suspicion. There is the
feeling that no matter how hard the person tries to change the
situation, he or she cannot. The burned-out worker may not even have
the energy to reverse the process. He/she feels powerless to make
the changes necessary to return to a position of control.
environment, major life changes such as divorce, abandonment of
relationships, job loss can occur.
strength is needed to battle burn-out, and yet, that is often
lacking. The burned-out person may need to seek outside, perhaps
professional assistance to reverse the downward spiral. Preventive
care in the form of stress reduction is the best approach to the
treatment of burn-out.
burn-out take a toll on body and spirit.
colitis, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome, chest pain, lack of
energy, sweating, rapid pulse, heart palpitations, ulcers, fatigue,
indigestion hypertension, irregular menstrual cycles, irregular
pulse, flushing, sweating,
susceptibility to infection
worry, anxiety, anger,
fears, withdrawal, inability to concentrate, panic attacks, crying
jags, sleeplessness, addictions, compulsive behaviors,
disillusionment, nightmares, eating disorders, loss of motivation,
depression, phobias, disintegration of daily routines,
forgetfulness, disorganization, substance abuse.