EEG findings in burnout patients
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SourceJournal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, 22, 2, (2010), pp. 208-217
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SW OZ DCC SMN
SW OZ BSI KLP
Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences
SubjectBiological psychology; DI-BCB_DCC_Theme 3: Plasticity and Memory; Experimental Psychopathology and Treatment; Biologische psychologie
The concept of burnout remains enigmatic since it is only determined by behavioral characteristics. Moreover, the differential diagnosis with depression and chronic fatigue syndrome is difficult. EEG-related variables in 13 patients diagnosed with burnout syndrome were compared with 13 healthy comparison subjects in order to explore the existence of neurobiological markers for burnout. Burnout patients showed reduced P300 amplitude, a lower alpha peak frequency and reduced beta power. These EEG-related differences in burnout patients differ from those described in the literature in depression and chronic fatigue patients. Our preliminary findings suggest that burnout might be considered as a separate clinical syndrome.
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