You KNOW burnout when you are burnt out. It isn’t just about exhaustion and stress, however that is a huge part of it.
In the World Health Organization International Classification of Diseases, Burnout is defined as a syndrome conceptualized as three dimensions; feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion; increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one's job; and reduced professional efficacy. In other words if you are burntout, you are exhausted, hate your job, and have poor performance.
They go on to say….”Burnout refers specifically to phenomena in the occupational context and should not be applied to describe experiences in other areas of life.”
In a clinical setting, I look at burnout through a very different lens; from a birds’ eye view of you, ‘system-wide’.