Finally burnout is officially recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) as an independent occupational disease. The feeling of burnout comes from chronic stress in the workplace, which can lead to, among other things, a negative attitude towards work and lower performance, according to the WHO’s definition.
Burnout is therefore one of the 55,000 diseases, symptoms and causes of injuries listed in the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11). The catalog was approved at the WHO’s annual meeting in Geneva.
The list has been revised after almost thirty years and will come into effect on January 1, 2022. Compulsive sexual behavior and online gambling addiction are also new to the list of health problems.
A separate code is assigned to each condition. Doctors around the world are registering their diagnoses in the future with the new codes. This allows precise statistics to be compiled and health trends to be documented.
The number of people with burnout complaints due to work has been increasing for years. According to statistics about 40 t0 50% of US Americans experience a job-related burnout.