What programmers call burnout is unfortunately a common occurrence in software development. I have seen it happen to other web developers, and have experienced it myself.
Back when I was looking to enter the field of game development, this was a big concern in that industry as well. Papers were being written about quality of life, and the negative effects of expected crunch time on employees and their families. Crunch time and pushed release dates are still a curse and expectation, though lately it is encouraging to see a larger public spotlight shown on the companies and their treatment of their employees.
There are hundreds of stories online—as one writer on a popular Medium blog puts it, “The burnout confessional has become its own genre in software writing“. What’s less common is a discussion and change in workplace culture to be able to stop burnout from happening in the first place. And an effort to reduce the stigma of working with a mental health professional (there are some groups working to change this, such as OSMI). When you cannot take the stress any longer, realize that there are professionals in this field with tools and knowledge to help.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic and a quickly-evolving world that continues to rely even more heavily on user-friendly technology, professionals in the industry are feeling increased demands and may be without much-needed support. Rose Ferron, licensed therapist in the state of North Carolina, shares some information about burnout and when it might be time to seek the help of a mental health professional:
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