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Mark Bussell Jr

Well said, and well done.

As someone suffering with some serious burnout, and all the things that come along with it, I know where you're coming from. I've been better, and I will be better again.

For those that want to get a better understanding of what's going on, I'd recommend starting with Christina Maslach's book Burnout: The Cost of Caring. It's the work that really got things started. She focuses on the healthcare and education industries because that's where it was more readily seen at the time, but it is very relevant for us in the tech world as well. She's got some more current literature available now as well.

If you're curious where you stand, you can usually find a Maslach Burnout Inventory (there are some free ones that tend to be older versions, and the current ones rarely run more than $15 USD).

Do like Adam, take care of yourself now before it requires professional intervention. And if you're at that point now, go. Seek professional intervention. You are worth it.