Many people search for burnout symptoms; this is a reason we write this page. However, it is better to start with the definition of burnout, and its tests.
Burnout is a state of emotional exhaustion, around work. One is distant too other people, and has often a low self confidence. There is clear cognitive and emotional dysregulation.
Said more popularly: you cannot cope with work anymore, due to your illness your performance is very low, you cry, and see little perspective regarding work. You have difficulties to concentrate.
However, some hobbies still do give you energy. This is a key difference with depression, where rather your mood is low instead of ’emotional exhaustion’, and where your ‘anhedonia’ (lack of having pleasure) affects all areas of life.
When you doubt whether you have burnout, it is good to do the three tests mentioned in the Dutch burnout guideline H&W_NVAB-12_LESA_LR_overspanningburnout :
- UBOS – Utrechtse Burn Out schaal, which is prof. Schaufeli’s version in Dutch of the world wide known MBI, Maslach Burnout Inventory
- the 4DKL, 4 Dimensionale Klachten Lijst, 4 dimensional complaints list by dr. Terluijn. This is a Dutch tests, scientifically well recognised (check in Google Scholar)
- SCL – 90, Symptons Check List 90 items – a world wide known test to check your psychic complaints in breadth
For the tests, see our page https://burnout.nl/en/diagnosis/tests/