The term “burnout” is likened to an electric machine that “burns out” its circuit board when overloaded. In human form, a burnout is a type of nervous breakdown in reaction to an extreme emotional event, for example after being overworked or overwhelmed in a social, relationship or family situation. The adaptive capacities of the person decrease and they have no more energy to move forward. Biologically, neurochemistry, notably serotonin levels, can be disturbed and the brain can’t function as normal.

The term “Burnout” is a euphemism for what is usually called “major depression” or “clinical depression” in psychiatry. A burnout can actually be something less severe, simply exhaustion, for which the person can remedy with a bit more rest or time away; however, it can also be a lot more serious, with significant and long-term consequences for your health that require extensive treatment.

Substance abuse, conflictual situations and chronic psychiatric illness can all lead to burnout. At Sydney Detox and Rehab, with our multidisciplinary approach towards the mind, body and spirit, we have specialists that can help you on all these levels to rid yourself of burnout and to abstain from the repetitive behaviours that led to that condition, whatever they may be.

Call our team at Sydney Detox and Rehab now and get the help you need.


  • Physical: a decrease or lack of energy, effects on libido and sexual functions, sleep disorder (difficulties falling asleep, waking in the middle of the night or waking very early in the morning), either loss of appetite and weight or increase of appetite, tremors and cold sweats
  • Psychological: extreme sadness, rumination of dark thoughts or even suicidal thoughts, lack of pleasure in doing one’s favourite hobbies or pastimes or doing anything, feelings of guilt or shame, a loss of meaning in life,Memory disorder can be present with difficulties concentrating and repetitive absent mindedness and forgetting.

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