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Integral healing art should help prevent burnout

Doctors with burn-out syndrome have been successfully treated in the Oberbergkliniken for years. The Oberberg Academy was founded in April of last year. It offers preventive seminars in which an expanded basic understanding of the medical profession should be conveyed from the start. In this way, the seminar participants should be made aware of the dangers of burnout at an early stage.

Burnout affects up to 30 percent of doctors

It starts with sleep and concentration disorders. Little by little, one's own health as well as private and family life are completely neglected. At some point there will be physical impairments. The affected person feels completely burned out. Depression or addiction disorders are often the result. "Around 20 to 30 percent of doctors suffer from burn-out syndrome at some point in their professional life," says Professor Götz Mundle, medical director of the Oberbergkliniken, which specializes in the treatment of people with burn-out, addiction disorders, depression and anxiety to have.

For him it is not surprising that doctors are particularly prone to burnout. The claims to benefits from doctors are often excessive, explains Mundle. It is not particularly helpful that the framework conditions are becoming more and more difficult. The requirements in everyday medical work are growing steadily. In addition, doctors are highly competent when it comes to helping others. "But we often don't know how to look after ourselves," says Mundle. In therapy, the doctors should learn, among other things, to step out of their helper position and to accept that they are not experts in their own health.

So that there is no need for therapy in the first place, the Oberberg Akademie Integrale Heilkunst wants to convey, among other things, an expanded basic understanding of the medical profession with its beautiful but also difficult aspects. The seminar participants should be sensitized so that they are able to recognize warning signs early and prevent burnout. The first step is to convey awareness that there are certain limits in everyday work. Doctors should learn to develop a healthy feeling for themselves, their body and their emotions and to treat themselves to moments of silence every now and then.

The gender perspective is also taken into account in the seminars. How does the role that society ascribes to the respective gender affect everyday working life? What specific problems do men and women have to deal with?

"It is often the case that doctors are not very conscious of their own health," says psychotherapist Dr. Astrid Bühren. She is honorary president of the German Association of Women Doctors and on the board of the Hartmann Association. Women doctors, on the other hand, often have to struggle with their dual role as mother and professional.

"For women, family usually means an extra responsibility. They experience this not only as a balance to their job, but also as an additional challenge," says Bühren, who is also in demand as a speaker at workshops at the Oberberg Academy. In addition, the family is often the reason why women are not promoted equally in the medical profession. "Society considers a man with four children to be particularly responsible.

When am I and when are the conditions to blame?

If a woman has several children, it is feared that she will often be absent, "says Bühren. In the seminars, the doctors should be made aware that the problem is not them and their weaknesses, but the general conditions in the healthcare system." They are often not very family-friendly ", criticizes Astrid Bühren. She therefore advocates a more family-friendly attitude and suitable offers from employers.

Made-to-measure concept - Oberberg-Kliniken The private Oberbergkliniken pursue a therapeutic concept that is specially tailored to the needs of very performance-oriented, often self-employed people. They should be offered intensive and time-saving therapy that enables them to return to work quickly. The clinics were founded in 1988 by Professor Matthias Gottschaldt, a doctor who himself suffered from burn-out syndrome and the resulting alcohol dependence.

Oberberg Academy of Integral Healing Art The Oberberg Akademie Integrale Heilkunst sees itself as a place of teaching and experience at the same time. In her curriculum she combines the imparting of scientific knowledge through lectures, presentations, individual and group work with phases of silence and meditation. Starting in autumn, the academy will offer a postgraduate further education curriculum over a period of 18 months for academic professions in the health care sector, doctors, psychologists, therapists and medical professionals. [email protected]