Severe burn-out could also just be depression, the symptoms are very similar.
What is depression?
Depression is a complex phenomenon involving both internal mechanisms and external influences. It is diagnosed when a person has a depressed mood (feeling sad, empty, tearful, etc.), or has lost interest or pleasure in most or all activities. It is also accompanied by several other indicators that can include:
- changes in appetite
- sleep problems (either insomnia or excessive sleep)
- feelings of worthlessness
- difficulty concentrating
- recurrent thoughts of suicide or death
Recognizing yourselves in the above list of criteria is not necessarily a problem. Many difficult situations in life can make us feel this way from time to time. The important question is one of intensity and duration. It is considered depression when it the symptoms last for more than two weeks and when they are sufficiently intense so as to cause either significant personal suffering or a loss of the ability to function normally. (For more details on understanding depression, see “A sidebar on depression”)
If your burn-out doesn't go away, it's very likely that you have developed depression. There's over-the-counter supplements that can help you recover faster from burn-out and potentially from mild depression as well, Solal has a Burnout supplement which can help you recover (i'm not affiliated with Solal). As always, consult a medical doctor before using it, i'm not one, i'm merely sharing what i've tested and what worked for me.