Depression & Burn Out

Sometimes you need self-care. Shutting out the world for self-preservation

The difference between depression and burnout isn’t always easy to see. There are even certain diagnosis tools which don’t differentiate between them and therefore not see burnout as a separate disorder. If we were to compare burnout to other mental disorders, it is most similar to depression. Therefore, the difference between depression and burnout is not always evident.


Difference between depression and burnout: the symptoms

Depression and burnout are very similar to each other. Here, there are symptoms which match the both of them. The following examples are among them:

  • Concentration issues

  • Memory issues

  • Sleeping issues

  • Exhausted feeling


The symptoms above apply to both depression and burnout. If psychiatrists then want to set a diagnosis, they will often notice that the same tests can be used for both the diagnosis. The results, which are then found in the tests, can thus point at both depression and burnout. So you see that it is really difficult to define the difference between depression and burnout.

The clear difference between depression and burnout.

The first difference between depression and burnout is that depression is more general. Depression will namely affect several parts in life and can also develop from different parts in life, such as:

  • Your family

  • Your friends

  • Your hobbies


Burnout is generally work related. Of course, the stress which you experience at work can affect your relationship, but in depression this is often more clearly seen. Furthermore, a burnout tends to develop from a work situation, while depression can develop in a more general way. A burnout can eventually also influence other parts of life, like a depression. Depression on the other hand, can have a quick and large influence on several parts of life, while burnout will limit itself to work for a longer period of time. The goal of psycho-synthesis counseling is to live and work from personal strength and potential. By following a psycho-synthesis consultation, you will learn the skills you need to tackle personal issues independently. This will improve the quality of your life and that of your fellow human beings. You become happier and more fun.