The origin of burnout cannot be traced back to a single factor. Numerous reasons may lead to it given the complexity of a human being. However, it is always a mix of health, psychological, occupational and other issues that come together.


Stem from deficiencies, or diseases:

  • Adrenal fatigue
  • Allergies and food intolerance
  • Anemia
  • Deficiencies of vitamins, micro/macro elements, and other nutrients
  • Chronic silent inflammation
  • Chronic diseases such as diabetes, Hashimoto thyroiditis, Lyme disease, infection with Epstein Barr, fibromyalgia
  • Inadequate nutrition
  • Side effects of medication
  • Disturbed bacterial flora of the intestines, leaky gut
  • Unstable cervical spine
  • Lack of sleep
  • Lack of exercise


Stem from a person’s character, family history, upbringing, and psychological disorders:

  • Types of personality
  • Subjective interpretation of the stressful situation
  • Values and beliefs
  • Anxiety
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Personality disorders
  • Occupational
  • Resulting from the problems in a workplace:
  • Long working hours
  • Too high or too low expectations at work
  • Lack of recognition and praise (including financial)
  • Insufficient independence
  • A sense of not belonging to the team/company
  • Lack of opportunities
  • The obligation to be continuously available (outside of working hours and on the weekends)
  • Extensive business travels
  • Conflicts with superiors
  • Change of the supervisor/manager
  • Mobbing
  • Fear of losing the job
  • Conflict of interests and values
  • A legal dispute with a supervisor, co-worker, customer or supplier


Stem from the relationships with other people:

  • Conflicts with the spouse or other family members
  • Parenting issues
  • Illness or death of a family member or friend
  • Change of the social status
  • Change of residence
  • Constant disagreements with neighbors
  • Problems with the authorities


Stem from external factors:

  • Sick building syndrome
  • Multiple chemical sensitivity
  • Artificial light
  • Elektrosmog
  • Air pollution
  • Noise

Individualisierte Therapie Burnout, Gert Kowarowsky, Kohlhammer GmbH, Stuttgart 2017
Uschi Eichinger, Kyra Hoffmann, ” der Burnout Irrtum ” Systemed, 2016