Burnout Treatment

The right combination

A burnout treatment will become significantly more effective through a combination of psychotherapy, remediation of cellular confounders and hormone balance therapy.
The results of treating burnout patients show that an integrative concept which includes apart from a good psychological care also the diagnostics and treatment of cellular mechanisms of disturbance delivers vast advantages.
For years many patients went through a classical burnout treatment in a specialised hospital or by a specialist. Although they were treated psychologically in an excellent way they did not return to normal life and still report strong fatigue and exhaustion.
The results of treating burnout patients show that an integrative concept which includes apart from a good psychological care also the diagnostics and treatment of cellular mechanisms of disturbance delivers vast advantages.
Apart from measuring a disruption to mitochondrial function also the diagnostics of the stress hormone axis and support in fighting the very often present intracellular pathogens.

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Before treating burnout a comprehensive diagnostic is required

Therefore, suitable measures have to be initialised already in the preliminary stages with first signs of this disease to prevent a further worsening but to achieve a gradual improvement. This often is a lengthy process until the causes for the condition are found, because burnout can have different causes for each individual and can show different burnout symptoms. Because each individual reacts differently to stress and strains despite the same outward situation, the internal compensation of the external situation is quite different individually. But this is an important matter in the treatment of burnout. However, before that a thorough analysis of the circumstances and situation of the patient is required, that not only focuses on the self-perception and the mental structures of the patient but also includes the consideration of the rather rarely considered bodily factors such as false regulations of the neuro- and stress hormones and metabolic resources. (see below)
Burnout as a cause for chronic exhaustion
As already mentioned, it is significant for an individual suffering from burnout that he is burned out by his profession and the stress connected to it. This leads to a continuous fatigue and chronic exhaustion. Especially individuals that give highest priority to their professional life and career are particularly prone to burnout syndrome. This is why they react particularly sensitively to failings and assess them as personal failure. This causes affected persons to become even more caught up in this problematic situation and often leads to depression.
With the aetiology of disease it is rare that one cause alone triggers the illness. On the contrary one must assume a “multifactoral disease process”. Upon a closer look at the medical history there are “disease triggers and boosters” as additional development factors such as chronic latent infections viruses from the herpes group, bowel function disturbances and environmental toxins.
Without the consideration of the following dysfunctions the recovery period and the duration of the incapacity for work during the treatment of burnout will require more time:

  • Cortisol deficiency
  • Serotonin deficiency
  • Dopamine deficiency
  • Melatonin deficiency
  • Increase in noradrenaline

An effective treatment of burnout can only be successful in combining the different specialist disciplines. The currently established mental and psychological or behavior oriented burnout treatment will become significantly more effective by considering adrenal glands and neurotransmitters as well as neuro-inflammatory processes (inflammatory changes of the brain).
With the two online-tests for adrenal fatigue and neurostress you can see whether there are signs for a balance disturbance of the stress hormones that require treatment.

Self-help and prevention

Take plenty of time for yourself and take scheduled breaks in your daily life during which you consciously do not do anything and relax. You could go for a walk, do sports or listen to music. This will stabilise you from within, because you do something good for your body and your psyche.
Take care of a healthy and balanced diet in order to supply your body with sufficient vital substances and minerals. This will also stabilise your body.
Take sufficient time for your meals. It is so unhealthy to eat in a hectic rush.
Consciously plan things in your daily life that meant a lot to you in former times and gave you pleasure, such as going to the cinema or meeting with friends. Even if you are feeling too tired at the moment or think that you do not have time for that. These are exactly the things that can bring more joy into your life.
Affected persons that have prominent symptoms, however, should seek medical or therapeutic help that could help with assessing your own performance and to plan your daily life.
It is important to find out what the causes are for the burnout syndrome. Is it the stress at work or family stresses? Only once the causes are treated long-lasting success with the burnout treatment can be achieved.
How can I prevent burnout?
There are different ways and means to prevent a burnout, whereby there are two rough classifications: the conditional prevention changes that triggered the burnout; the behavioural prevention deals with the affected person himself and his attitude to deal with the circumstances.
With the conditional prevention it is the implementation of statutory specifications for employers to avoid health risks for their employees as best as possible. In the case of burnout prevention that means paying attention to a healthy working atmosphere by promoting the personal contact between the superiors and the employees and amongst these groups through a transparent and manageable workload while taking the raised issues of the works council into consideration. For affected persons that means in turn, however, that they communicate with their superiors in case of too much stress and if necessary file a complaint with the works council.
In this context it is also important to practice healthy time management and to prioritise tasks according to their importance. Stress sources should be identified and tackled. Superfluous issues should be eliminated from the time schedule. There are many seminars and books that provide good advice and could support you with that.
The behavioural prevention starts with the personality of the affected person to increase susceptibility on the one hand and to show ways on the other hand to avoid stress and to finally change his perception. It is important to learn how to set limits to oneself and to comply with them, how to say “no” and how to gain a positive attitude towards life. To set ones own target plays an important role with that as well: often people prone to burnout set themselves unrealistic high goals which then they cannot achieve, which again forces them into a spiral of frustration. It is therefore essential to learn to assess ones own capabilities and to consequently implement this knowledge.
There are also starting points with ones own leisure behaviour. Therefore, it could be of great significance to enjoy leisure time more consciously and meaningful, to achieve a better balance to the working life. Even a stronger social anchorage with family and friends will have a positive influence on the state of mind.
Last but not least relaxing techniques can be learned by the affected persons in a physical and mental way, for example autogenic training, meditation or mental techniques such as healing code, to find peace of mind and hence practice your relaxation more effectively.
The role of stress hormones in the treatment of burnout
There are four main points of bodily dysregulation that can be identified in connection with burnout syndrome which can be controlled diagnostically in the treatment process:
1. A mitochondrial dysfunction with lack of energy occurs on a cellular level
2. Chronic masked infections exhaust the immune response
3. A permanent status of inflammation develops
4. The psychological regulation of the hormonal balance collapses
The focal point of an integrative burnout treatment is the activation of the mitochondrial function with an increase of the urgently needed vital substances as well as the reduction of the microbial contamination through a targeted modulation of the immune system.
The 24-hour rhythm of the hormonal production is out of sync. Through the insufficient production of cortisol during the night it is no longer available for the daily activities. On top of that the production of melatonin is affected. As a sleep regulating hormone it is an important pace setter for the rhythm of further hormones. The lack of melatonin is the result of a lack in serotonin which has a significant influence on the disease. The lack of serotonin in turn is the result of oxidative stress and a dysbalance of inflammatory mediators with the blockage of the synthesis of serotonin.
The increased inflammation attendance with burnout has different causes:
the increased noradrenaline immediately stimulates inflammatory reactions
during persistent stress levels precipitations in the production of hormones occur. Cortisol in particular which has a strong inflammatory effect fails.
With burnout, the lack of cortisol, adrenaline, noradrenaline, neurotransmitters and melatonin is responsible for the depressive mood, faintness and lethargy.
This variety of hormonal failures, lacking neurotransmitters as well as increased inflammatory reactions cause a broad spectrum of reactions with the burnout-syndrome:
lethargy,
states of exhaustion,
loss of motivation,
weakening of the short-term memory,
headaches,
migrane,
persistent pain in the connective tissues (fibromyalgia),
loss of attention,
speech- and coordination disorders-,
sleep- and eating disorders. (Neurolab)
Through an analysis of the hormonal and immunological changes (cortisol profile in the saliva test) as well as neurotransmitters, the basis for an effective burnout treatment is created which consist of amino acids as precursors to neurotransmitters and cofactors for the formation of enzymes. Dietary supplements compliment the reduction of inflammations.
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