Why Are We All Burned Out?

Often, we hear the term “burnout” when COVID-19 and its impacts on the workforce is mentioned, but burnout has been around since long before the pandemic. Burnout can look different depending on the person and phase, but typically includes emotional exhaustion and loss of meaning and purpose in the workplace. How did the rapid and lingering changes of COVID impact this workplace phenomenon and perhaps offer us the opportunity for some long-overdue changes?

Join our hosts as they talk with experts about what burnout is, what are its symptoms and drivers and how to address it as individuals and systems.

“Check your battery. Adjust your expectations based on how you are feeling. Take stock of how you are feeling physically and emotionally. Look to other people for creative ways or new ways to recharge your battery.” – Laurel Mayer

Meet the Experts:

Claude Ann Mellins, Ph.D, a clinical psychologist, is a Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry and Sociomedical Sciences) in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute with research and clinical expertise in psychosocial aspects of HIV disease in children, adolescents, young adults in the US and globally. She is one of the co-founders and current program director of CopeColumbia, dedicated to supporting the wellbeing of the healthcare workforce and the broader community of Columbia University.
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Laurel Mayer, M.D. is a Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and Director of the NYP-House Staff Service, Columbia campus and one of the founders of CopeColumbia. Dr. Mayer specializes in issues related to physician , eating disorders and obesity. To read more, click here:

Erin K. Engle, Psy.D is a licensed clinical psychologist and Clinical Director of Columbia University Psychiatry Specialty Services. In her roles as CopeColumbia faculty and co-chair of the Well-Being Committee in Psychiatry, she develops programming in support of the healthcare workforce, promoting well-being, mental health awareness, and related values across the greater academic medical community. To read more, click here:

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