Burnout questionnaire

Burnout facts. Burnout questionnaire.
Burnout is not an official mental disorder according to the DSM 5, but psychiatrists and therapists consider burnout to be a serious mental condition. Common burnout symptoms, as measured by the burnout questionnaire, are physical and emotional exhaustion, fatigue, and a lack of motivation and engagement. This burnout questionnaire does not measure professional efficacy or professional accomplishment, because this is considered a consequence of the categories ’emotional exhaustion’ and ‘depersonalisation’.

The burnout questionnaire cannot be used for diagnostic purposes, but does give a good indication about possible burnout signs. Also, the results of the burnout test are accompanied by a recommendation regarding further steps, if necessary. In case you want to discuss the results of this questionnaire with a professional, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We are more than happy to answer all of your questions.
This questionnaire is the Oldenburg Burnout Inventory [2].

Depression or Burnout?

Many depression symptoms and burnout symptoms are similar, and it is difficult to distinguish between the two of them. However, there are a few differences between depression and burnout; depressed people more often than burned out people feel inferior to others; depression is associated with a lack of reciprocity in private life, whereas burned out individuals experience a lack of reciprocity at work (but not in private life) [1]. For a depression questionnaire, please click here.

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Welcome to the Burnout questionnaire!

I always find new and interesting aspects in my work

There are days when I feel tired before I arrive at work.

It happens more and more often that I talk about my work in a negative way

After work, I tend to need more time than in the past in order to relax and feel better.

I can tolerate the pressure of my work very well.

Lately, I tend to think less at work and do my job almost mechanically.

I find my work to be a positive challenge.

During my work, I often feel emotionally drained.

Over time, one can become disconnected from this type of work.

After working, I have enough energy for my leisure activities.

Sometimes I feel sickened by my work tasks.

After my work, I usually feel worn out and weary.

This is the only type of work that I can imagine myself doing.

Usually, I can manage the amount of my work well.

I feel more and more engaged in my work.

When I work, I usually feel energized.


  • [1] Bakker, A. B., Schaufeli, W. B., Demerouti, E., Janssen, P. P., Van Der Hulst, R., & Brouwer, J. (2000). Using equity theory to examine the difference between burn-out and depression.
  • [2] Demerouti, E., & Bakker, A. B. (2008). The Oldenburg Burnout Inventory: A good alternative to measure burnout and engagement. Handbook of stress and burnout in health care, 65-78.