So, What's A Burn-Out Actually?

11:47 AM There is a topic around which I have surely used in the past for myself, especially during my university days, but I never dug deeper into it's meaning and real deal.
This disease is something that no one likes to discuss really, mainly because it's a taboo topic like depression.
I am talking about burn-out.

Maybe burn-out is kind of the twin sibling of depression, but still they are two different pair of shoes to wear.

I am not an expert enough or a doctor to discuss this, but speaking about mental health a lot, I want to discover this, too. As I already said, they are all connected.

During my university days I experienced a heavy depression. From one of the other day, I quit my social life, isolated myself from everything, suicidal thoughts accompanied me every day and normal tasks like work or school became a heavy burden, too. I had no inspiration and definitely no power to do my daily tasks.
Was this already a burn-out?

I told the people around me that this life, my school - simply everything was too much for me... I didn't even started a real world job yet... The people must have laughed in their inside.
I didn't care.
This was a heavy life crisis to me, especially because I didn't know back then what was wrong with me.

But what is the difference between a depression and burn-out?
Both show strong and similar symptoms or to keep it basic: similarities.
The energy levels fall from a regular high (burn-out people have a little too much energy and drive, so theirs might be a bit higher) to a pretty low level where one basically has no energy left for anything. All of a sudden it's hard to stay in touch with all your friends and loved ones — one starts to isolate oneself. From a healthy being one suddenly starts to get sicker from day to day. This is first of all physical pain: back pain, headaches and migraines appear more often, your bones and joints feel heavy or react to diverse things with pain and then it goes to mental pain which makes your whole system get a little out of control. Sleepless nights, thoughts of all kind feed your brain, your psyche messing with you can feel really exhausting.

I think what's clear to say is that burn-out and depression have a lot in common! It's important to accept both as mental health issues and diseases which can be treated though.
One can argue about when it's called burn-out and when you rather just stay with depression.
The reason why most of the people experience a burn-out is job related. A new job, working one owns butt off to get a promotion and show how great one's work is...stress at work where people keep bullying and making each work day a torture. Researchers claim online that burn-out can only happen in social jobs like being a doctor or teacher, but let's be honest — any job here is affected. Every job is different, so is every work attitude. Some do their best, others do the minimum, others want to shine and go the extra mile. Fact is we can all reach a point where we fall exhausted, stressed, and sick from our job and we fall inside a black hole. This is an unhealthy way which leads us straight to having a burn-out.

With depression it might work a bit differently. Depression is often caused by a tragical event like the loss of a loved person. One doesn't wake up feeling depressed. There might be something happening around us which doesn't make us happy anymore as it used to. Depression hits us just like that, there is no warning, it's creeping around and moves in or it just hits you.
Any event can provoke it.
Depression has so many layers. While some people can wear a mask, hide their depression, and go to work with it; there are also people, especially younger ones, whom suffer from suicidal thoughts and really bad conditions. People hurt themselves to get rid of their mental ballast, they isolate themselves, too, and create their own tiny world.
Mental and physical pain all to endure a special situation or moment.
Depression has become something more "in common" since things like seasonal depression happen and people really start to feel weird about season changes (...something so "normal", right?)

Again, while burn-out shows a strong motivation from our work life it is still important to take it as serious as a depression. You might not think of suicide when you experience a burn-out, but in both cases your body asks for attention.

Attention, because something is wrong and working not right!
Mental problems, physical pain, emotional unbalance — it's important to listen to our bodies' signals.

Go and see a therapist.
Talk to someone from your family! 
Take a short break from work - talk to your boss about your situation and make your healing a priority. 
Burn-out is a serious sign, so please don't ignore it! 

Let's start healing together! ~