A fatal misconception
In the treatment of illness, the issue of cause has top priority. And so it should be as well in the treatment of burnout syndrome. The better the cause of burnout can be identified, the more focused and successful the therapy will be.
There is a serious, common error is to confuse the triggering factors which lead to the onset of the disease with the actual causes of exhaustion which generally remain undetected. Although the causes can be diagnosed with medical precision, even today many specialized hospitals treat burnout in a lopsided, superficial way!
As the main producer of stress hormones in the body, the adrenal gland is at the center of the progression of burnout diseases. The mitochondria, then, as the “power stations” of the body, should always be central to any competent, multi-faceted burnout treatment strategy.
Tests that measure mitochondrial function (the “power stations” inside your cells) and the adrenal glands (which is where stress hormones are produced) clearly indicate that burnout syndrome requires not only psychological but also systematic medical treatment.
As long as the complex factors leading into burnout syndrome are ignored, protracted (delayed) healing processes will be considered “normal” for the treatment of burnout. Patients who have already undergone several years of treatment by way of psychotherapy and psychotropic drugs would often need a concerted burnout treatment, together with treatment of chronically persistent viruses or bacteria, in order to quickly regain physical and mental fitness. Conventional laboratory diagnostic methods, however, present a major obstacle to this. Check here for further information on the significant advantages of a supplementary treatment for burnout by means of biological medicine.
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- The most common burnout symptoms include
- lack of motivation to carry on with one’s occupation,
- frustration, and
- concentration problems.
Burnout needs to be taken very seriously, because emotional stress at this level affects the entire body.
The many different causes of burnout necessitate comprehensive diagnostic procedures
It’s often a long process before the root causes behind the symptoms s are discovered, since burnout can have different root causes for each individual, possibly even presenting completely different burnout symptoms. Even if the conditions look the same on the outside, each individual may react differently to stress and pressure, because the internal processing of the external situation can vary significantly. Yet this is a crucial aspect in the treatment of burnout. First, however, it’s necessary to thoroughly examine the patient’s circumstances and situation, taking into consideration not only the patient’s self-image and mental structures but also such often neglected bodily factors as dysregulation of the neuro- and stress hormones and of the metabolic resources (see below).
Burnout as a source of chronic exhaustion
As previously mentioned, a person suffering from burnout typically presents as being burned out by his or her occupation and the related stress. This leads to ongoing, persisting fatigue, a chronic state of exhaustion. Particularly people who make their work and professional lives their top priority are especially prone to get burnout syndrome, because they react with higher sensitivity to setbacks, typically considering these to be personal failures. Setbacks tend to prompt such people to become even more caught up in their problems, frequently leading to depression.
The role of stress hormones in causing burnout syndrome
When illnesses develop, they are rarely triggered by one single cause. Instead, a “multifactorial disease pattern” has to be assumed. A closer look at the medical history shows that there are “disease triggers and boosters” that serve as further contributing factors, such as hormone disorders, chronic latent virus infections from the herpes group, disturbances of the intestinal functions and environmental toxins.
If the following dysfunctions are not taken into consideration, the recovery period for treating burnout and the duration of incapacity for work will require more time:
- Cortisol deficiency
- Serotonin deficiency
- Dopamine deficiency
- Melatonin deficiency
- Increase in noradrenaline
Burnout treatment can only be truly effective if the various specialist disciplines work together. The established current mental and psychological or behavioral burnout treatment will become significantly more effective if the adrenal glands and neurotransmitters as well as neuro-immuno-inflammatory processes (inflammatory changes of the brain) are also taken into account.
By taking both of the online tests for adrenal fatigue and neurostress, you can see whether you show any signs of an imbalance of stress hormones which needs to be treated.
With burnout syndrome, two main forms of physical dysregulation become apparent:
- The physiological regulation of hormonal balance collapses
- An ongoing state of inflammation develops
The 24-hour rhythm of hormone production has gone off balance. Because only an insufficient amount of cortisol is produced during the nighttime, it is no longer available for the daytime activities. The production of melatonin is also impaired. As a sleep-regulating hormone, melatonin is an important impulse generator for the production of other hormones. The lack of melatonin is the result of a lack of serotonin, which plays a significant role in the way the illness presents. The serotonin deficiency, however, is the result of oxidative stress and an imbalance of inflammatory mediators blocking the synthesis of serotonin.
The increased propensity to inflammation associated with burnout has different causes:
- Increased noradrenaline directly stimulates inflammatory reactions
- Long-term stress often causes a breakdown of hormone production. This can especially block the production of the anti-inflammatory hormone cortisol.
Lack of cortisol, adrenaline, noradrenaline, neurotransmitters and melatonin is responsible for a depressive mood, weariness and lack of motivation associated with burnout.
With such an array of hormonal imbalance, missing neurotransmitters as well as an increase in inflammatory reactions, the result is a broad spectrum of reactions associated with burnout syndrome:
- Loss of motivation,
- Impairment of short-term memory,
- Constant pain in the connective tissues (fibromyalgia),
- Attention deficit,
- Speech and coordination disorders,
- Sleeping and eating disorders. (Neurolab)
An analysis of the hormonal and immunological changes (cortisol profile by means of a saliva test) and of the neurotransmitters lays the foundation for an effective treatment of burnout, consisting of amino acids as precursors for neurotransmitters and cofactors for the production of enzymes. Dietary supplements reinforce the reduction of inflammation.