Burnout is a stress syndrome that is associated with changes in the brain. It’s also linked to endocrinological and inflammatory responses. Burnout is a real physical illness, not an imaginary diagnosis.

This is made clear by the EEG study “EEG findings in burnout patients” (Link).

The following studies describe the physical factors linked to burnout:

A clinical allostatic load index is associated with burnout symptoms and hypocortisolemic profiles in healthy workers. (Link)

A follow-up of cognitive performance and diurnal salivary cortisol changes in former burnout patients. (Link)

A twin-family study of the association between employment, burnout and anxious depression. (Link)

Association between burnout and circulating levels of pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines in schoolteachers. (Link)

Burnout and risk factors for arteriosclerotic disease: follow-up study. (Link)

Burnout as a predictor of all-cause mortality among industrial employees: a 10-year prospective register-linkage study. (Link)

Burnout syndrome: A “true” cardiovascular risk factor. (Link)

Chronic work stress and exhaustion is associated with higher allostastic load in female school teachers. (Link)

Cognitive performance in patients with burnout, in relation to diurnal salivary cortisol. (Link)

Common infections and the role of burnout in a Dutch working population. (Link)

Cortisol dysregulation in school teachers in relation to burnout, vital exhaustion, and effort-reward-imbalance. (Link)

Determination of oxidative and occupational stress in palliative care workers. (Link)

EEG findings in burnout patients. (Link)

Effects of occupational stress on immunological function, glucose and blood lipid of female workers in oil-field. (Link)

Elevated burnout predicts the onset of musculoskeletal pain among apparently healthy employees. (Link)

Elevated diurnal salivary cortisol in nurses is associated with burnout but not with vital exhaustion. (Link)

Exhaustion and endocrine functioning in clinical burnout: an in-depth study using the experience sampling method. (Link)

Genetic susceptibility to burnout in a Swedish twin cohort. (Link)

Healthy working school teachers with high effort-reward-imbalance and overcommitment show increased pro-inflammatory immune activity and a dampened innate immune defence. (Link)

Immune and endocrine function in burnout syndrome. (Link)

Impaired cognitive performance in patients with chronic burnout syndrome. (Link)

Job strain related to cognitive failure in naval personnel. (Link)

Job strain, ethnicity, and sympathetic nervous system activity. (Link)

Novel biochemical markers of psychosocial stress in women. (Link)

Physiological correlates of burnout among women. (Link)

Physiological differences between burnout patients and healthy controls: blood pressure, heart rate, and cortisol responses. (Link)

Relationship between oxidative and occupational stress and aging in nurses of an intensive care unit. (Link)

Sleep physiology in recovery from burnout. (Link)

The association between burnout, depression, anxiety, and inflammation biomarkers: C-reactive protein and fibrinogen in men and women. (Link)

The HPA-axis and immune function in burnout. (Link)

The morning salivary cortisol response in burnout. (Link)

The psychobiology of burnout: are there two different syndromes? (Link)

The relationship between burnout and musculoskeletal pain in seven Norwegian occupational groups. (Link)

The role of BDNF and HPA axis in the neurobiology of burnout syndrome. (Link)

Vagal and sympathetic activity in burnouts during a mentally demanding workday. (Link)

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