In Dagens Nyheter, Hanne Kjöller cites Elin Lindsäter et al.’s scoping review about what we know about exhaustion disorder, in a chronicle about externalizing illness.

Exhaustion disorder is the single most common sick leave diagnosis in Sweden. In other countries it does not even exist.

The disorder was introduced into the Swedish version of ICD-10 in 2005, and still exists only in Sweden. The development of the diagnosis has been criticized by members of the Rück research group, mainly because it lacks the scientific basis that usually is required for a diagnosis to take form.

Since the introduction of the diagnosis, the use of it has increased rapidly. It is today almost as prevalent as depression and currently accounts for more long-term sick-leave reimbursement than any other single diagnosis in the country. Ultimately, both patients and tax payers suffer from our lack of knowledge about the condition.

Click here for the scoping review on exhaustion disorder.

Characterization of exhaustion disorder

As part of the comprehensive approach towards chronic stress, fatigue and exhaustion disorder (ED), Elin et al. have looked into the qualitative aspects of the condition.

Through an online survey, they interviewed patients diagnosed with ED and healthcare professionals working with these patiens. The aim was to identify outcomes that matter to patients and healthcare professionals.

The study identified various aspects of ED that matter to patiens and clinicians, illustrating the panorama of issues related to the disorder. Hopefully, this is a step to further understand it.

Read the article here.

Illustration of the distribution of categories and subcategories from the qualitative content analysis. 

The research group recently published a review on exhaustion disorder, that indicated that there is limited research on the validity of the diagnosis.

Om utmattningssyndrom i senaste Filter

I senaste numret av magasinet Filter granskas framtagningen av diagnosen utmattningssyndrom. Artikeln ”Brännmärkta  – Diagnosen utmattningssyndrom har främst gynnat en grupp i samhället: vårdbolagen.tar upp den för Sverige unika diagnosen utmattningssyndrom, dess historia och kontrovers. Artikeln kritiserar diagnosens tillblivelse, som skedde utan det vetenskapliga underlag som brukar krävas för nya diagnoser, och även hur den spretiga behandlingen av utmattningssyndrom har blivit en kostsam historia som dragit in stora pengar till vårdbolagen.

Intervjuade i artikeln är bland andra Elin Lindsäter, som pratar om sin forskning på behandling av utmattningssyndrom, och Christian Rück, som kommenterar kritiken mot diagnosen utifrån sin bok Olyckliga i Paradiset (2020). De berättar även om sitt nya forskningsnätverk relaterat till stress och utmattning, samt den nyligen genomförda systematiska litteraturöversikten av samtliga vetenskapliga artiklar om utmattningssyndrom. 

English translation: Elin Lindsäter and Christian Rück are interviewed in the latest edition of Swedish magazine Filter, commenting on the critics of the formation of the Swedish diagnosis “exhaustion disorder”, a Swedish diagnosis called “utmattningssyndrom” that corresponds to clinical burnout.