On chemical tankers it is common place to have stressed out and burned out seamen, considering the workplace is very dangerous and sailors keep doing tank cleaning in adverse weather.
" Stressed out " and " burned out " are not the same.
They are as different as salt and sugar.
Stressed people can feel better if they can get things under control.
Burn out means feeling empty , beyond hope and beyond caring- all dried up- problems seem insurmountable. You just can't muster the energy to care. You are overwhelmed- you don’t want to even throw down your cap - you just sink to your knees. You allow your computer in box to fill up-- emails lie unopened. You don’t want to answer the phone.
Stressed people are over-reactive, and hyper active .
Burn out is on the opposite pole- emotions are blunted and you can see helplessness. The damage due to stress is physical, the damage due to burn out is emotional- life just seems not worth living. Self injury or suicide can be one way out , if the victim does not know how to handle it.
Stressed people can find it out for themselves- burn out has to be detected by others- for the detachment is gradual, burn out does not happen overnight . Doing work seems to be against your core values, you are trapped for mere economic reasons. Burnt out men must take time off- take a complete break from work. The unhappiness is deep and it threatens your mental health and relationships.
Burn out has its roots in stress. Most often the victim is in the wrong career .
Victims of burn out must NOT be kept isolated. They must be allowed to say NO and declare “enough is enough!”. Keep them in a fun environment meanwhile .
EVERY SEAMAN HAS A RIGHT TO LIFE , LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS ( make that-- happiness! )
CAPT AJIT VADAKAYIL