The World Health Organization (WHO) for the first time put burnout on its International Classification of Diseases (ICD) list, which is used globally as a benchmark for health diagnosis. The international body reached the decision to categorize burnout as a medical condition during its recently concluded World Health Assembly in Geneva. "Burnout refers specifically to phenomena in the occupational context and should not be applied to describe experiences in other areas of life," according to the classification.
WHO has now classified burnout as "a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed." The burnout syndrome is characterized by three dimensions: "1) feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion; 2) increased mental distance from one's job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one's job; and 3) reduced professional efficacy."