2014 is a very interesting year for burnout.

As was explained on the page about '5 Medical side of burnout', DSM 5, which is not the result of science but of handraising on psychiatrists' congresses (see also http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/dsm-5-and-the-fight-for-the-heart-of-psychiatry/) does NOT recognize burnout, but leaves the category 'not otherwise somatorm illness' as rest category for burnout.

This is a meanwhile gross neglect of 'main science' as on http://scholar.google.com, and ICD-10 (interntional classification of diseases).

BUT: more is coming. Until 2014, no physical evidence of burnout could be found. Pure fMRI scans did not yield results.

Some hypotheses where drafted, as the 'hypothesis of the over-excited neuron' but were not yet tested.


May 2014

Nakatomi et al. publish an article in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine,

Neuroinflammation in Patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis: An 11C-(R)-PK11195 PET Study

The results were very convincing.

July-September 2014

Blankert, from above research, deducted that exactly the same neuroninflammation must also exist in BURNOUT, and published the following article:


Blankert in above article coins that

'Burnout is an immunological disease: emotional allergies, with NO PHYSICAL pathogen, cause an immunological reaction that is visible through neuroinflammation in the brains'

(Blankert, 10 July 2014, and stated in above article).

Later 2014 - 10 September 2014


The PNIRS, The Psychoneuroimmunology Research Society. , http://pnirs.org, published and abstract of we have Elsevier licence to show it here:

"61. Toxoplasma Gondii is positively associated with anxiety and burnout-syndrome' (click)

The article itself is not yet published, however. We are 'chasing' for the article to keep you informed.


It is our conviction that neuroscience, and in this case the presence of neuroinflammation in burnout, first coined by Blankert (above), will mean a 'revolution' in burnout, as:

  • it is the first physical evidence
  • it will force physicians to recognize burnout
  • it will require a whole new DSM (or abolishment of it)
  • millions of people on earth will FINALLY be paid out their disability insurance (insurances try to not pay out by denying burnot, shielding behing DSM-5)

10 September 2014