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The Other Pandemic: Burnout & The Mental Crisis

As the months wear on and COVID-19 continues to threaten the physical wellbeing of people across the globe another crisis is affecting even the healthy. Burnout – defined as “emotional exhaustion, depersonalization and (a lack of) personal accomplishment”1 – is taking increasing toll as COVID-19 disrupts schools, work, and schedules. Isolation and social distancing protocols have been in place for months and in some regions are becoming more intense as the virus spikes and cities take preventative measures.

Mental health has been identified as a crucial piece of the of the response to the pandemic. It, “should be treated as an integral and cross-cutting component in public health emergency responses as part of a range of,”2 initiatives that should address the issue. Need a crash course on strategies for combatting burnout and what types of payers and providers are utilizing them? Visit us in the PsychU Spotlight this month.

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Did You Know?

  • By early May, 2020, 73% of working professionals noted that they were burned out, in a survey of almost 7,000 respondents. Some of the top reasons for burnout were no separation between work and social life, job security concerns, and a feeling of lack of control.

    Reference:
    Blind. (2020, May). The Evolution of the Burnout. https://usblog.teamblind.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/StateofBurnoutCovid19.pdf

  • It is critical to understand specific areas of concern and burnout and addressing those specifically, rather than approaching the crisis with generic solutions. Listening should be the priority so that solutions are tailored to the needs of those that are facing burnout.

    Reference:
    Shanafelt, T. (2020, June 2). Understanding and Addressing Sources of Anxiety Among Health Care Professionals During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Anxiety Disorders | JAMA | JAMA Network. https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2764380?resultClick=1

  • The number of people looking for help with anxiety and depression has skyrocketed. From January to September 2020, there was a 93 percent increase over the 2019 total number of anxiety screens. Additionally there was 62 percent increase over the 2019 total number of depression screens.

    Reference:
    Mental Health America. (2020, October). COVID-19 and Mental Health: A Growing Crisis. https://mhanational.org/research-reports/covid-19-and-mental-health-growing-crisis

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