How Common Is Burnout Among Mental Health Professionals?

HOW COMMON IS BURNOUT AMONG MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

INFOGRAPHIC TEXT: HOW COMMON IS BURNOUT AMONG MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS?

Over half of mental health professionals report moderate or high burnout. The most common symptoms of burnout are:

  • Emotional Exhaustion: Feeling emotional fatigue while at work
  • Depersonalization: Having a cynical attitude toward one’s work
  • Lower Self-Evaluation: Having a reduced sense of personal accomplishment

According to the Occupational Information Network (O*NET), the three most stressful mental health careers are:

The three least stressful mental health careers are:

Mental health professionals are more likely to experience burnout if they:

  • Have less job experience
  • Lack confidence in their skills
  • Lack a social support network
  • Don’t put up boundaries
  • Have perfectionism
  • Use self-effacing humor

If you are experiencing burnout, there is no shame in getting help. You can find professional support at GoodTherapy.

References:

  1. Fradera, A. (2018, June 22). Burnout is common among psychotherapists—Now a review has identified the personal characteristics that increase the risk further. The British Psychological Society Research Digest. Retrieved from https://bit.ly/2EzNa8w
  2. Morse, G., Salyers, M. P., Rollins, A. L., Monroe-DeVita, M. & Pfahler, C. (2012). Burnout in mental health services: A review of the problem and its remediation. Administration and Policy in Mental Health, 39(5), 341-352. Retrieved from https://bit.ly/2CYThQy
  3. Work styles—Stress tolerance. (n.d.) Retrieved from https://bit.ly/2TpTTWb

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