By Alex Davis
This is the second post in a two-part series on burnout. Please note that the authors of these posts are not mental health professionals. They are writing from personal experience, and their stories do not substitute the advice of a licensed mental health professional. If you think you are exhibiting symptoms of burnout and/or are concerned about your mental health, please consider seeking treatment.
The first time I experienced burnout, I had no idea what was happening to me. It was unbelievable how overwhelmed, uninspired, and utterly exhausted I felt. I described it to a friend once as feeling pummeled, like someone had beaten the tar out of me but then propped me up and commanded me to perform, to tackle all my daily tasks as though nothing had happened. It was terrible.