What is burnout syndrome?

Nowadays the term ‘burnout syndrome’ is widely used to cover a number of different symptoms and conditions, including what may, in the last century, have been diagnosed as a ‘depressive episode’.

The media sometimes suggests burnout syndrome is a ‘fashionable disease’ but we believe it is a recent and very real phenomenon. Since the start of industrialisation and the resulting spread of technology, human life conditions have changed dramatically and people have become independent from annual seasons and daily rhythms. This all happened so quickly that evolution couldn’t keep up. While it may not be feasible to slow this progress, what is possible is to narrow the gap between the evolutionary needs of a human being and the circumstances presented by modern life.

Common symptoms

  • complete loss of energy,
  • fatigue, insomnia (perhaps both at the same time),
  • a deep despair and feelings of hopelessness
  • chronic headaches,
  • impaired blood pressure,
  • fainting,
  • irritated intestines and nausea

Burnout syndrome diagnosis

The medical considerations for diagnosing burnout syndrome include:

  • identifying chronic inflammation,
  • detecting toxins,
  • measuring the ability of the detoxicating organs to function,
  • and the analysis of the cellular function and energy levels.

At BioMedical Center Speyer we achieve this using:

  • a thorough patient interview and
  • systematic physical and laboratory diagnosis.

Checking the urine, blood, saliva and stools, for example, can help ascertain the status of the immune system, the hormone system and the mitochondrial function as well as revealing the presence of inflammation and toxins.

Burnout syndrome treatment

Psychotherapy and mitochondrial therapy

There are numerous different factors involved in creating a healthy life balance and it is important to consider each of them when creating a therapy plan. Chronic inflammation, for example, can create a deficit of certain vital substances, such as antioxidants and minerals, which are needed to regulate brain function and hormone production. Meanwhile toxins and heavy metals can block the enzymes that are responsible for healthy cellular function and energy production. In such cases a therapy concept needs to be based on the reduction of toxins and inflammation, the stimulation of organ function and the replacement of lacking vital substances.

Treatments can include infusion therapy, intravenous laser or oxygen application as well as external laser, scenar or ultrasound therapy. If nutrition and histamine intolerances are detected, they can be treated accordingly in line with the overall therapy plan.

At BioMedical Center every patient has the possibility to make use of psychological counseling, behavioural therapy or systematic coaching, which is specially oriented to the burnout Syndrome. These treatments are important to detect harmful patterns of thinking and acting, to find and learn alternatives to prevent the return of burnout after therapy.

The aim of our team of doctors, dentists, nutritionists, osteopaths and other technicians will be to help return the patient to a healthy sleeping-waking rhythm, reactivating his or her physical and psychological ability to cope with the demands of life in the 21st Century.