Burnout and the Brain
Researchers from an integrative team of psychological scientists at Karolinksa Institutet in Sweden offers strong “evidence that workplace burnout can alter neural circuits, ultimately causing a vicious cycle of neurological dysfunction.”
“Neuroimaging studies of people who have experienced severe early-life trauma have revealed that their brains show similar patterns to the brains of people suffering from clinical burnout. Regardless of the underlying cause, evidence is accumulating to suggest that the neuronal circuits can be damaged by both situations of extreme trauma and by accumulated everyday stress.”
“Scientists are beginning to understand how burnout can affect people’s cognitive functioning — disrupting creativity, problem solving, and working memory”, as well as having difficulties controlling their negative emotions.