Monday, June 14, 2010

"Vital Exhaustion"

Benedict Carey discusses how the term "Nervous Breakdown," popular in 1900 before yielding to number of supposedly more scientific diagnoses, has mutated to what psychiatrists in Europe have been diagnosing as “burnout syndrome,” the signs of which include “vital exhaustion.” A paper published last year defined three types: “frenetic,” “underchallenged,” and “worn out.” "Nervous breakdown" has begun to fade from use, and the same fate may or may not await "burnout syndrome".

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