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Stress Leading To 'Generational Burnout' In Women, Study

Update Date: Dec 06, 2015 04:25 PM EST

Stress may be leading to a "generational burnout" in the current generation of women, said a new survey by Cosmopolitan.

The results showed that about 71 percent of participants said that they had undergone anxiety or panic attacks, while approximately three-quarters of participants said that felt demotivated. More than half of the 750 participants admitted being "obsessive over work", even after their work hours.

"In the past, burnout happened in jobs that involved working with people - occupations such as teaching, social work or nursing - but now it has expanded beyond the caring professions," said Cary Cooper, a professor of organizational psychology and health at Manchester Business School. "The pace of life, work overload, job insecurity and increasingly high expectations of us mean more and more people are becoming burnt out."

Moreover, one-third of the women surveyed agreed that they found their jobs "very" or "extremely" stressful, which affected their lifestyles. Among the respondents, 44 percent revealed having consumed alcohol alone, while 71 percent admitted that "they either over-ate or under-ate".

"Physical signs depend on the person," said Cooper. "You may get more colds, smoke or drink more, eat more or less, or suffer gastrointestinal problems."

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