EEG Findings in Burnout Patients

Gilles van Luijtelaar*, Marc Verbraak, Martijn van den Bunt, Ger Keijsers, Martijn Arns

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Abstract

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. (The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences 2010; 22: 208-217)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)208-217
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences
Volume22
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • EVENT-RELATED POTENTIALS
  • COGNITIVE DYSFUNCTION
  • P300
  • ASYMMETRY
  • PERFORMANCE
  • DEPRESSION
  • COMPONENT
  • MEMORY
  • ALPHA
  • TWINS

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