If you suffer from exhaustion, lack of motivation, brain fog, depression and/or anxiety and difficulty sleeping… do you know why? Might it be due to a past major trauma in your life or even multiple smaller traumas. Or could it be due to chronic, long term stress, constantly “juggling too many plates in the air” all at the one time, too many people depending on you and an ever growing to do list. While trauma and burnout are two separate conditions, arising from very different events and/or triggers. They can present similarly and if they continue long term…. both will end up with the same host of multi system physiological symptoms. If you’d like to understand more about how burnout and trauma are similar and different… read the transcript below or watch this video

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Compare and Contrast Burnout and Trauma

In our fast-paced world Burnout and Trauma are two prevalent and often misunderstood conditions, but what exactly are the similarities and the differences for these two experiences?

What is Burnout

Burnout is a state of chronic stress and exhaustion, typically resulting from prolonged exposure to demanding life circumstances, feeling out of control, having never ending to do lists, and not being able to say no to others.

What is Trauma

On the other hand trauma is is an emotional response to a distressing or disturbing event which may result in lasting psychological and physiological effects. “Big T” trauma generally has moments of acute dysfunction uh often precipitated by a trigger that somehow relates back to the original event causing the trauma. It can cause panic attacks and when it’s prolonged it can create a more constant and generalized neurological maladaptation with physiological as well as psychological effects more similar to burnout.

Burnout is more Generalized

Burnout is a generalized phenomenon creating neurological maladaptation affecting the way that we react to the whole world around us every day, all day. There was generally no specific triggers instead you could, for example, feel an overreaction or more jumpy to pretty much all situations.

Common Symptoms of both Burnout and Trauma

While burnout and Trauma can share some common symptoms such as fatigue, irritability, difficulty concentrating, difficulty making decisions, lack of motivation, even digestive, immune, and hormonal issues.

Different Causes

They arise from a different underlying cause.

Burnout is often characterized by feelings of cynicism, detachment, and a sense of ineffectivenes,s or a lack of accomplishment. As it progresses it will begin to morph into overwhelm and real deep exhaustion. And affect all bodily symptom systems.

Trauma on the other hand may manifest as intrusive thoughts, flashbacks, hypervigilance, and avoidance behaviors.

One key difference between Burnout and Trauma is the nature of the the stressor itself.

Burnout typically arises from chronic stress or general life demands whereas trauma is often a result of a specific traumatic event such as abuse or violence, being in a war situation, or a natural disaster.\

So HOW are the Similar?

But despite these differences both Burnout and Trauma can have a profound effect on an individual’s well-being and quality of life. (Long term, both create a neurological maladaptation and system wide physiological symptoms).

Treatment Approach

It’s essential to recognize the signs and seek support as soon as you notice them.

Treatment approaches for Burnout and Trauma may vary but both need to involve: therapy of some description; self-care practices; lifestyle changes; and building resilience – using techniques to help us to cope with everyday stresses as they occur.

Key Take Away

So whether you’re experiencing burnout or trauma, remember that you’re not alone! And learning to prioritize your self-care, asking for help, saying no more often – these all important steps to take to allow your mind and your body to heal and to recover.

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and as always, and in health, by for now

So while Burnout and Trauma are conditions create from different events. It is beenfical to understand that they have many common elements and especially over the long term, can manifest very similarly. Not only do they present in many similar ways, the basic components required to treat and support those suffering with either condition are the same. The very same lifestyle changes, personal bountaries and health changes, resilience techniques and nervous system support work are required and whilest the inner workings of therapy may be different (as it should be for each individual anyway), therapy is a beneficial part of the healing process in both conditions.  I hope it is evident that there are in fact many similarities and common aspects present in burnout and trauma. And I cannot overstate the importance of seeking help and making some simple, yet powerful changes. 

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