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Old May 09, 2019, 06:17 PM
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To be burned out

I had a Spanish lesson yesterday. My teacher is a native speaker from Argentina.

The topic of burning out - as in to burn out on a job came up and she did know of a Spanish idiom or equivalent.

So, i'd like to ask: is there a saying or word for burnout (noun) or, to be burned out?

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Old May 09, 2019, 07:37 PM
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Spanish Royal Acaemy gives "quemar" with that meaning.

12. tr. coloq. Dejar a alguien en condiciones poco adecuadas para seguir ejerciendo una actividad o desempeñando un cargo. U. t. c. intr. Este puesto quema mucho. U. t. c. prnl. Se quemará si sigue dedicando tantas horas al trabajo.

"Quemarse" trabajando is something I have heard a lot in Spain.

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Old May 10, 2019, 06:35 AM
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For a more neutral approach I would choose agotarse or desgastarse, though strictly the first one is the step before quemarse and the latter is more like getting exhausted.

For us quemarse means loosing all standing in a post or profession as a consequence of blunders or malfeasance. We rather use fundirse for burning out (it comes from melting your car's engine for keeping it at top revs during a whole hour in a sort of hollywood car chase, or failing to notice the coolant hose is broken).

As for burnout, it depends on the meaning. We have several words for those who get their brains like Gruyère because of the drug abuse, but for the general meaning you may use desgastado.
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Thanks, Ale and J Pablo.
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Es una enfermedad que afecta especialmente a los profesionales cuya labor está basada en la relación con otras personas, ya sean clientes o personal de la organizacion, ya sean del mismo o distinto nivel jerárquico. Siendo el sector de la administracion pública el más afectados por el síndrome del desgaste profesional. Se trata de profesiones que exigen entrega, implicación, idealismo y el maximo servicio a los demás, y se asienta sobre una personalidad perfeccionista con un alto grado de autoexigencia, con una explosiva tendencia de implicacia laboral. Además de los campos medicos y la educacion, también afecta a trabajadores sociales, profesionales de alto nivel y trabajadores carcelarios, también afecta a otras profesiones como la de empresarios, alto directivos o en empleos alienantes.

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