Three Key Dimensions of Burnout

Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Burnout happens after a prolonged period of overwhelming stress, which depletes physical and emotional resources, and can result in feeling exhausted, empty, burned out, or unable to cope.

Erin Engle, PsyD, a clinical psychologist at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, explains the three key dimensions of burnout and ways to beat it:

The term burnout came about to describe the severe stress associated with “helping” professions involving self-sacrifice, like health care. Yet, burnout can affect anyone experiencing extreme levels of stress at work.


Erin Engle, PsyD, is assistant professor of medical psychology (in psychiatry) at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons.

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