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What is Burnout?

Find out about burnout basics, articles and other resources to help explore your signs and symptoms at work, home or in other parts of your life.

The Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) offers counseling if you feel emotional, mental or physical exhaustion, or find it difficult to engage in activities you normally find meaningful.

To seek support if you feel overwhelmed or are experiencing a sense of hopelessness, submit an online appointment request form.

Burnout Resources

Burnout Basics

The Greater Good Science Center at UCB:  Where to Start If You Feel Burned Out at Work

Harvard Business Review:  A Two-Minute Burnout Checkup

Science News, February 2023:  Lots of people feel burned out. But what is burnout exactly?

Burnout and Work Context, April 2023:  Understanding Therapist Burnout:  12 Symptoms & Recovery Tips

National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA), October 2022:  Addressing Burnout in Higher Education

Faculty Burnout, The Chronicle of Higher Education, September 2022:  You’ve Burned Out.  Now What?

Forbes, August 2022:  The Root Cause of Diversity, Equity And Inclusion Burnout, And How to Fight It

Berkeley Extension:  Mental Health Resources to Help Prevent Creative and Professional Burnout

Forbes, February 2023:  New Outlook On Burnout For 2023:  Limitations On What Managers Can Do

American Council on Education (ACE), 2022:  Addressing Burnout Through Cultural Change

Burnout and Intersectionality

Sheri Byrne-Haber’s Blog, December 2019:  Disability Burnout is Real

The MIGHTY, April 2023:  What Millennial Burnout Feels Like When You Have a Disability

CNBC make it, March 2023:  Burnout is on the rise worldwide—and Gen Z, young millennials and women are the most stressed

Forbes, May 2022:  Dr. Raquel Martin Talks Race-Related Stress And Why Burnout Must Be Treated As A Systemic Issue

Forbes, October 2022:  How Companies Can Tackle The Gender Burnout Gap

Neurodivergent Insights by Dr. Neff, 2023:  Autism and ADHD Burnout Recovery

The Ohio State University, 2022:  Working Parent Burnout

U.S. News & World Report By HealthDay, March 2023:  Dealing With Caregiver Stress & Burnout:  A Guide

YouTube Videos

Emily Nagoski and Amelia Nagoski, June 2021:  The cure for burnout (hint: it isn't self-care) | TED Talk

Jessica McCabe, How to ADHD, September 2021:  What Does It Mean to Have "Burnout"?

SDS 622, October 2022:  Burnout:  Causes and Solutions — with Christina Maslach

CHOC (Affiliated with the UC Irvine School of Medicine), March 2022:  Preventing Burnout:  Self-care Tips for Parents and Caregivers

Journal Articles

NIH National Library of Medicine (NLM) PubMed Central, January 2021:  Racial/Ethnic Differences in Burnout:  a Systematic Review

Oxford University Press Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Published April 2022Deconstructing Burnout at the Intersections of Race, Gender, and Generation in Local Government

NIH National Library of Medicine (NLM) PubMed Central, August 2021:  Gender role perspectives and job burnout


National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) Working Paper 30895, January 2023:  Beyond Burnout: From Measuring to Forecasting (PDF)

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Current Priorities of the U.S. Surgeon General, 2022:  Addressing Health Worker Burnout

World Health Organization (WHO), May 2019:  Burn-out an "occupational phenomenon":  International Classification of Diseases

For more information, contact the FSAP staff, (858) 534-5523.