Online sessions now available.Kristian S. Nibe - clinical psychologist and ISTDP practitioner.
The difference between burnout syndrome and stress.
Stress is when the body tenses itself and activates with anxiety and nervousness. This happens when unconscious feelings are triggered in the body that the unconscious anxiety mechanism tries to cover up with stress and anxiety. Burnout is when the depressive mechanism suppresses feelings so that the body loses energy. Put in another way: stress is an anxiety response, while burnout is a depressive mechanism.
Stressful people believe that if they “do what they have to do” and complete all their tasks for the day then they will no longer be stressed. But this is an assumption based on the falsehood that stress comes from external factors such as work, deadlines, family, and spouses etc. Stress comes from the inside and is the alarm system of the body that gets triggered in response to our feelings.
Burnout syndrome on the other hand is characterized by lack of bodily energy. To be burned out means to “feel empty” and to have little motivation for even simple daily tasks. If too much stress can feel like as if you are drowning in responsibility, then burnout feels like being completely empty and devoid of energy.
Stress is characterized by over-engagement, while burnout is characterized by resignation. Our emotions during stress are overreactive, while they with burnout have been numbed down. Stress creates a need for hyperactivity, while burnout triggers helplessness and hopelessness.
Another difference is that while a person is usually aware of being stressed, he often doesn’t become aware of being burned out before he has lost a significant amount of energy and motivation.
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Consultations are available for either 45 minutes or 90 minutes, and are conducted by video either through Skype or appear.in. Alternatively I also offer sessions through chat/e-mail.
The price per 45 minute consultation is 160 Euro. The price for a 90 minute consultation is 300 Euro.