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Therapist Experience of Burnout

The following list provides examples of the emotional, psychological, and behavioral indicators of burnout:

Emotional Indicators (As cited in Rosenberg et al., 2006)

  • Boredom, cynicism, anxiety, withdrawal (Friedman, 1985)
  • Irritability, loss of morale, feelings of isolation (Jayaratne & Chess, 1984)
  • Psychological numbing
  • Feelings of hopelessness, futility, and despair (Kestnbaum, 1984)
  • Depression and suicidal ideation (Piercy & Wetchler, 1987)

Psychological Indicators

  • Distractibility
  • Memory problems
  • Concentration problems

Behavioral Indicators

  • Isolating from others
  • Avoidance of those with similar issues

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