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More German workers suffer burnout

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More German workers suffer burnout
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11:28 CET+01:00
The number of German workers suffering from the psychological problem known as the "burnout syndrome" has increased significantly, according to a new expert report.

According to a report in Sunday's edition of the Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper, a team of expert psychiatrists and health insurance officials recently concluded that exhaustion among employees is increasing.

"The intensity of the burnout syndrome and the frequency with which it occurs are both increasing steadily," said Frankfurt psychiatrist Hansjörg Becker. He claimed that the situation was so bad that many German businesses were already suffering due to the high number of employees who were forced to miss work due to feelings of mental and nervous exhaustion.

According to the paper, the number of Germans forced to give up their jobs completely because of burnout syndrome has also increased drastically. In 2009 the Allianz health insurance experts calculated that 22.1 percent of all vocational disability cases (incapacity to work) were caused by psychological problems. In 2007 the figure was just 20.5 percent.

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