What's the Difference between Stress and Burnout?

Stress v Burnout

Stress Burnout
Characterised by over-engagement Characterised by disengagement
Produces urgency and hyperactivity Produces helplessness and hopelessness
Loss of energy Loss of motivation, ideals and hope
Leads to anxiety disorders Leads to detachment and depression
Primary damage is physical Primary damage is emotional
May shorten life May make life seem not worth living

Adapted from D. Hart and quoted in 'Stress in Ministry' by R Croucher

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