Electroencephalographic Signs of Emotional Burnout Syndrome

Objective. To study the electroencephalographic signs of the early stages of emotional burnout syndrome (EBS). Materials and methods. Quantitative analysis of the electroencephalogram was carried out in 131 patients with EBS aged 25–45 years. The control group consisted of 143 healthy subjects. Results and conclusions. Patients at different stages of EBS showed increases in dysfunction of the regulatory systems of the brain corresponding to increases in the severity of the clinical signs of this disorder. This indicates an increase in the level of exhaustion of the regulatory systems of the brain and the formation of a stable pathological state.

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Translated from Zhurnal Nevrologii i Psikhiatrii imeni S. S. Korsakova, Vol. 120, No. 6, Iss. 1, pp. 32–35, June, 2020.

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Yakovenko, E.A., Rem, A.V., Surushkina, S.Y. et al. Electroencephalographic Signs of Emotional Burnout Syndrome. Neurosci Behav Physi 51, 155–157 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11055-021-01051-z

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  • emotional burnous syndrome
  • quantitative analysis of the electroencephalogram
  • Cytoflavin