What is the difference between burnout and depression?

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Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Many people may confuse the symptoms of burnout with depression, but depression and burnout have very different effects on the body. Depression is associated with high levels of cortisol, a hormone secreted by the body in response to stress, whereas burnout is actually linked to low cortisol levels. The issue here is that people often visit their doctor with symptoms of burnout, and as there are similarities, they are subsequently treated for depression -- given antidepressants that only lower their cortisol levels even further. This does not treat the problem and only makes burnout worse.
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