Burnout

Long-term stress

We all have periods which are more stressful than others.

But if such a period lasts too long, the body does not have time to recover. You are constantly in “survival mode” with the result that you become overloaded. There is no room left for reflection, connecting with others, processing things, or simply switching off and enjoying. People with these symptoms lose confidence in their own abilities. If the stress and overload continue for too long, you can become stressed out, and eventually burnt out. In colloquial terms, we refer to someone having a burnout. Burnout, however, is not an officially recognised medical condition. Depression or somatic symptom disorder on the other hand, are, so which condition someone has, needs to be carefully considered.

But if such a period lasts too long, the body does not have time to recover. You are constantly in “survival mode” with the result that you become overloaded. There is no room left for reflection, connecting with others, processing things, or simply switching off and enjoying. People with these symptoms lose confidence in their own abilities. If the stress and overload continue for too long, you can become stressed out, and eventually burnt out. In colloquial terms, we refer to someone having a burnout. Burnout, however, is not an officially recognised medical condition. Depression or somatic symptom disorder on the other hand, are, so which condition someone has, needs to be carefully considered.

Burnout symptoms

People experience burnout differently

You don’t know exactly when it began, but “suddenly” you have physical complaints, sleepless nights and a severe inability to concentrate. At work you are constantly distracted and can no longer see the forest for the trees. You have lost all ability to be flexible, and are cut off from your emotions. You feel panicky and are irritated at everything, which often has to do with your unstable moods. Just doing the shopping takes hours because making choices and decisions has become incredibly difficult. Even just taking a break from everything seems impossible. These are just a couple of examples of symptoms belonging to a burnout or somatic symptom disorder. 

Symptoms

The symptoms are preventing you from functioning properly in everyday life. As a result you have negative thoughts, emotions and behaviour, and are worrying about the symptoms and your health.

  • Physical complaints
  • headaches, abdominal pain, and fatigue
  • Loss of concentration
  • memory problems
  • Problems sleeping
  • Emotional imbalance
  • Energy loss
  • Lethargy
  • Tension
  • Heart palpitations, tingling, panic attacks

How do we treat someone with burnout?

U-center offers a special programme for psychological problems resulting from a burnout or somatic symptom disorder. Our treatment focuses on acquiring insights into the origin of the problem, and helping you to change your ability to function on several levels. Cognitive behavioural therapy, supplemented by several other treatments, form the basis of changing behavioural patterns. We also pay attention to underlying personality traits, such as extreme perfectionism and an excessive sense of responsibility. Treatment by a multidisciplinary team is tailored to your personal situation. The integrated approach and frequency of treatment sessions ensure that you quickly find yourself again. You learn to relax and maintain a balance between exercise, relaxation and rest. We help you rebuild your resilience and improve your physical condition.

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Integrated and personalized approach

Many people describe a burnout as a work-related problem, but work is often not the only cause. People burn out due to a combination of factors (work, private life and personality traits) which cause chronic stress. That’s why we take an integrated approach in which we take into account everything affecting your burnout, such as relationships, family situation, work and health. Together with your treatment team, you research the causes of your burnout in order to really remove the source of your symptoms. Then you can change the behaviour patterns that are maintaining your complaints. If you want to return to work, we also involve your company doctor or manager to ensure a successful reintegration. We are happy to invite them for a meeting together with you and one of our therapists.

 

Intensive programme focused on reintegration

In an intensive programme of 7 weeks, we do everything to help you, so you can quickly get back on track. For the first seven weeks, you follow residential treatment while staying at our clinic near Maastricht. Using a personal treatment plan, you set out what you want to achieve and how you are going to do this together with your treatment team. Our clinic’s hospitable environment and its extensive facilities ensure that you have all the space needed to work on yourself. Over the second seven-week period, you will put the new insights and knowledge you have gained into practice under the guidance of your therapist. Depending on your treatment plan, you can start with reintegration.

The future

Recovering from a burnout

A burnout doesn’t just happen. The foundations were often laid years ago and bad habits creep in gradually. Gradually you are stressing your own body: constantly focusing on things that have to be overcome, constantly busy with surviving, setting the bar too high and absolutely not being allowed to fail. It is often the hard workers who crash and only sound the alarm when there are physical symptoms such as dizziness, intestinal complaints and headaches. Because you have overloaded yourself for too long, alleviating the symptoms is often first necessary, before you can get to the heart of the problem. Afterwards, it is above all necessary to keep practising staying in balance and not pushing yourself beyond your limits again.

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Loved ones

How can I support someone with a burnout?

As the friend or family of someone with a burn-out, there are various things you can do to help. Remember to also look for support yourself, because learning to cope with a loved one suffering from a burn-out demands a lot from you.

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