ACT for Burnout: The Case of Jack

ACT interoceptive exposure

Key Points

  1. The case study focuses on Jack, a 38-year-old man experiencing burnout symptoms due to work-related stress and a lack of work-life boundaries.
  2. Burnout is not a formal mental health diagnosis, but is recognized as a syndrome resulting from chronic occupational stressors, which can lead to other mental health issues if left untreated.
  3. Jack’s symptoms included chronic exhaustion, insomnia, physical pain, periodic shutdowns, escape fantasies, and apathy about his career. Ensure that physical symptoms do not stem from treatable medical issues.
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Dr. Jessica Borushok is a clinical psychologist in private practice in North Carolina. She takes us through a clinical case conceptualization in which acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is applied for a client with burnout.

Symptoms of Burnout

Jack was a 38-year-old, white, cis, heterosexual male who had been married for about a decade. He lived in a metropolitan city and worked as the CEO of a large organization. He attended therapy for approximately one year.

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