Burnout syndrome recognized as a disease by the WHO – Current

Burnout syndrome recognized as a disease by the WHO - Current

The WHO registry explains that exhaustion "refers specifically to phenomena related to the professional context and should not be used to describe experiences in other areas of life."

The new classification, called IPC-11, published last year, was approved during the 72nd WHO World Health Assembly and will come into effect on January 1, 2022.

Burnout syndrome was first described by the American psychiatrist and psychotherapist, Herbert Freudenberger, in 1974. The doctor found that some of his associates at a clinic for drug addicts had somatic complaints (back pain, gastrointestinal problems, headaches …), mood problems (irritability, cholera, dysphoria …), intolerance to stress and were unable to manage new situations.

The list has received new chapters, one devoted to sexual health and covers conditions previously classified in other lists, such as "gender incongruity" and transsexuality, hitherto cited in the section on mental illness.

The disorder caused by electronic games was included in the addiction chapter.

The new WHO classification also proposes a new chapter on traditional medicine.

with AFP

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