Quebec resident physicians have a 1 in 2 chance of suffering from burnout symptoms during residency. Burnout is a major issue for the entire medical profession.
What is burnout?
Burnout is defined as a state of extreme physical, mental and emotional fatigue caused by the presence of chronic stress related to work, job role or work/life balance.
Burnout and depression, two very different terms
Burnout should not be confused with depression. Depression is a well-documented, treatable and recognized mental illness. Burnout, on the other hand, although it has been the subject of several studies, is not recognized as a mental disorder. It is a work-related condition that negatively affects the worker’s performance, while having negative effects on other aspects of his or her life.
What to do if you think you are suffering from burnout
- Consult your treating physician
- Contact the QPHP.
- Call the 24/7 Psychological Support Service offered by BENEVA and the FMRQ.
- Consult a psychologist member of the Quebec Order of Psychologists (OPQ). If you have subscribed to the Intermediate or Superior Plan under Beneva, you will be reimbursed for up to $2,000 a year in consultation fees. Find out more