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Workplace Burnout and Depression: Impact and Treatment Options



Stress in the workplace happens more often than you think. Between COVID-19 interrupting our normal routines and the growing financial concerns from inflation, gas prices, and market volatility, it is no surprise that employees have been feeling more stressed about their daily lives more than usual. Ignoring your stress can lead to feelings of extreme exhaustion and make it more difficult to cope with the demands of life, leading to workplace burnout and more debilitating mental and physical illness.


What Is Burnout?

Burnout is defined as a constant exposure to stress and is becoming more common for Americans. According to a workplace stress survey done by Mental Health America in 2020, 83% of survey respondents felt emotionally drained from work. 59% of respondents reported that they are not receiving adequate support from supervisors to help manage stress, making workplace burnout a mental health crisis. Without appropriate treatment for burnout, physical problems such as high blood pressure, muscle tension, gastrointestinal distress, insomnia and even substance abuse can occur.


  • Extreme exhaustion
  • Feeling down
  • Lack of creativity
  • No motivation to work
  • Emotional isolation
  • Using food, drugs and alcohol to cope


  • Lack of support
  • Unclear expectations
  • Long hours & high stress
  • Poor work culture

What is Depression?

Depression is a mood disorder that causes constant sadness and lack of interest in life. It is normal to feel sadness from time to time, but if it begins to interfere with your daily life, seeking help may be your best option. With the proper care and treatment, you can go back to enjoying the little things in life.


  • Extreme exhaustion
  • Difficulty focusing
  • No interest or pleasure in daily activities
  • Thoughts of suicide or death
  • Feelings of worthlessness, guilt, or hopelessness
  • Feeling restless or slowed down
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Insomnia or too much sleep


Although the causes of depression remain uncertain, medical professionals have noted that individuals with depression have physical differences in their brains from people who do not have depression. It is believed that chemical imbalances and genetics can also play a role in being a cause for depression.

Find your Motivation in the Workplace Again

Taking the time to address burnout and depression in the workplace is crucial for restoring happiness, motivation and productivity in all aspects of life. Speaking with a professional about workplace burnout has proven to be beneficial for individuals who are looking to relieve themselves from daily stresses. Making positive lifestyle changes improves the overall quality of life. Our Virtual IOP program provides you with the support, resources and skills required to make these positive changes from the comfort of your home.


What are the Benefits of a Virtual IOP?

In a Tele-IOP, clients log on to treatment through a secure HIPAA-compliant telehealth platform. Clients attend virtual therapy for 3 hours a day, 3 days a week. Treatment usually spans a six to eight week time period; however, treatment may be extended based on clinical need. Some benefits from the program include:

  • Stress management
  • Coping skills
  • Mindfulness practices
  • Positive lifestyle changes
  • Case management
  • Group and individual psychotherapy and psychoeducation
  • Treatment from the comfort of your own home


How to get Started with a Virtual IOP for Workplace Burnout

Clear has taken its world-class treatment and programming online to expand treatment accessibility to anyone living in California and designed specifically for those who face barriers to access to treatment such as schedule, transportation, geography, or time constraints. Clear has fostered an environment of non-judgment and encouragement that allows individuals to experience themselves wholly and return to their previous level of functioning. 

Upon admission, all clients are assessed for medical leave or disability eligibility. Medical notes are provided for those who qualify. Read more on how to take a stress leave.

Ready to make the first step towards a mental wellbeing? Contact Clear today 866.680.0969 to learn more about our Virtual IOP programs designed to help you overcome workplace related burnout and get back to living the life you deserve.

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