Publications and Research

Document Type

Book Chapter or Section

Publication Date

Fall 10-2016


Initial described in the 1970s, the burnout syndrome has been difficult to characterize. It has been difficult to distinguish it from both clinical and subclinical depressive syndromes. In this chapter, we present a logical analysis of the distinction between burnout and depression. We synthesize the results of studies that bear on that distinction. We find that methodological and the historical separation of two lines of research as well as the lack of articulation between dimensional and categorical approaches to psychopathology.


This work was originally published in "De l’humeur quotidienne à la dépression sévère: Manuel pluridisciplinaire de la thymie," edited by E. Laurent & P. Vandel.



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