My burn-out
My burn-out

How to diagnose burnout?

Diagnosing burnout will allow you to put words to what is wrong.

Indeed, once the diagnosis is made by your attending physician, it will be easier for you to act and find the support that suits you best.

I suggest that you make a distinction between the resistance phase which already corresponds to a very advanced state of stress and the burn-out itself.

The resistance phase

As a reminder, the resistance phase corresponds to the reactions that our body sets up when the stressors persist over time.

It is therefore a set of physiological responses that allow the person to resist longer.

The main criteria are:

  1. Feeling overworked
  2. Disorders that have lasted for more than 6 months
  3. Feeling tired and exhausted throughout the day.

What is overwork?

To be able to talk about a feeling of overwork, at least three of the symptoms below must be felt:

  • Fatigue
  • Sleeping troubles
  • Irritability
  • Lack of patience
  • Hustle and bustle or noise are difficult for you to bear
  • Emotions that fluctuate
  • You are worried, anxious
  • You feel stressed
  • You have trouble concentrating and remembering
  • You feel out of control
  • Pain in the body, migraines

If you are already in burnout…

A person already in burnout often experiences the following:

– Total exhaustion, physical and mental

– The person speaks slowly (If a person says with enough energy “I am in burn out”, he probably is not, however he may be close).

– Because cortisol is no longer produced, pain is often present and therefore felt

– Hours of fuzziness or suspense both physical and mental with black holes that can last a few hours sometimes.

– The first few days, right after the burnout, the person is literally unable to do anything, including cooking.

– Sleep problems get worse

– The person never feels rested

– Panic attacks can occur

– Significant anxiety

– The person can become very emotionally fragile

Remember that your doctor is the only person who can diagnose burnout. Do not hesitate to consult your general practitioner so that he can start to treat you.

You can take one of our burnout level assessment tests. It will give you a first idea of ​​your level of exhaustion.

Véronique About


An entrepreneur and sophrologist, I graduated from CEAS in Paris and from the Sophrology Academy in Ashford, which is a member of FEPS (the Federation of Sophrology Centers), I specialized in issues of stress and burn-out. Do not hesitate to contact me, for any questions or request for support in sophrology.