Written by Anna Wang
What is Academic Burnout?
Academic burnout is a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion that is caused by prolonged stress.
Stress vs. Burnout
While burnout can be the result of stress, too much stress and burnout are not the same. Here are some differences between the two:
Stress: loss of energy; there is usually an end in sight; over-engagement; can be aware
Burnout: loss of motivation and hope; a cycle of negative emotions; dis-engagement; not always noticed
Symptoms of academic burnout are much more than just feeling tired. It can cause problems such as depression and insomnia, which is why it is important to take steps to recovery as soon as you spot these symptoms in yourself or others.
Some symptoms of academic burnout are:
Increased irritability and lashing out at others
Lack of motivation to attend classes or start assignments
Poor concentration and focus
Lacking creativity to bring to projects
Inability to meet deadlines