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I am writing a novel that is based on the protagonist having a mental breakdown at work after being completely drained from months of no rest, private issues etc. The idea is that she's sent to a clinic to recover from burnout, but since I have no medical background I am looking for expert insight on the proper procedure around this. So if she breaks down at work including fainting and she is brought to the hospital, what would happen next? Would they run tests, speak to her at length about her situation, would she need to speak to a psychiatrist and only then would they tell her: This is what happened, and now we'll send you to that clinic to recover? Or could they gather what happened from talking to her colleagues and family and she basically wakes up and the doctor tells her what's happening? The story takes place in Germany, in a larger city.

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    $\begingroup$ I'm not certain if this is on-topic or not, Please take our tour and refer to the help center for guidance. By the way, we have a Worldbuilding stack and a Writing one for your interest, but before posting there, take their tours and read-up in their help centres to ensure your questions are in shape. $\endgroup$ Dec 23 '21 at 11:57
  • $\begingroup$ HI @ARogueAnt., I don't need advice on the writing part but on the medical procedure of diagnosing somebody with such a condition. So I'll leave this question in this forum. $\endgroup$ Dec 23 '21 at 12:22
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    $\begingroup$ Before ruling out suggestions as an option, could you please go through the minimal effort of checking out the links (worldbuilding in particular!) and spending one minute looking at it? I think your question can be on topic here as well, to get more scientifically/practice-based insights. But, that will likely require you to formulate your question as such, in line with requirements on this site, by providing some background/references regarding your current understanding of burnout. $\endgroup$
    – Steven Jeuris
    Dec 23 '21 at 14:34
  • $\begingroup$ There are some questions and answers here on 'Burnout'. Do any of them help? $\endgroup$ Dec 23 '21 at 15:38

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