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Beyond Stress and Burnout: What Is Psychoneuroimmunology?

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  • Just about everyone faces the effects of burnout and stress—do not feel that you are alone or that something is necessarily wrong with you.
  • Burnout is not exclusive to work—it can occur in any setting in your life.
  • Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) considers the effects of neurotransmitters, hormones, and the immune system on thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
  • PNI factors underlie stress and burnout—understanding PNI can help address the detrimental effects of stress, increasing therapeutic results.

It seems that you can’t read any newspaper or magazine today without stress and burnout being the main topic of coverage. With the stressors of COVID, politics, job turnover, family obligations, violence, economic concerns, worldwide instability, and just trying to take care of yourself—well, it’s no surprise that we are burned out! In fact, a frequently reported study by, as provided in Forbes, found that 52 percent of workers reported being burned out, which is an increase of 67 percent since the COVID pandemic (2021). And if you happen to be a leader in a health care setting, the burnout rate goes up to 73 percent before COVID (MGMA, 2018).

Keep in mind that these rates only discuss burnout that is work-related. However, burnout is not exclusive to work—burnout is a stress-induced disorder. As a result, we can have stress and burnout in any area of our lives, and the effects are cumulative.


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