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Compassion Fatigue


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Compassion fatigue is considered to be the result of working directly with victims of disasters, trauma, or illness, especially in the health care industry. Individuals working in other helping professions are also at risk for experiencing compassion fatigue.

Compassion fatigue has similar symptoms to burnout. Compassion fatigue is a preoccupation with absorbing trauma and emotional stresses of others, and this creates a secondary traumatic stress in the helper. … Burnout is about being ‘worn out’ and can affect any profession.

You can read more about compassion fatigue on the Phoenix Society (for burn survivors) website.

Symptoms of compassion fatigue include:

  • Chronic physical and emotional exhaustion.
  • Depersonalization.
  • Feelings of inequity toward the therapeutic or caregiver relationship.
  • Irritability.
  • Feelings of self-contempt.
  • Difficulty sleeping.
  • Weight loss.
  • Headaches.

Background Information

There is information available which will help you formulate your action plan – both on our site and on external sites.

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Compassion fatigue is a form of burnout where caregivers continue to give themselves fully to the person they are caring for, finding it difficult to maintain a healthy balance of being able to separate themselves from the patient. MindDrive is aimed at helping you manage all types of  mental issue, or develop positive thoughts as well as managing conflict and emotions.

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In StressDrive we show you the signs of stress, how to deal with it and control it, how to feel calmer and how to get help and support.

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On external site(s)

This article from Canadian Occupational Safety discusses first responders experiencing secondary traumatic stress due to providing care to trauma victims and being repeatedly exposed to their traumatic experiences.

It identifies 20 warning signs of compassion fatigue to look out for. considers compassion fatigue for all types of caregiver. In this article they share the symptoms to watch for, and give 8 tips for how to cope with compassion fatigue.


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Recognizing Compassion Fatigue, Vicarious Trauma, and Burnout in the Workplace

This seven minute video from Lisa Callahan describes how compassion fatigue vicarious trauma and burnout happen in the workplace, especially for people who work in demanding roles.

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In order for you to assess what you know about this health area, we suggest using a questionnaire. This might help you understand your situation in this area, or taking it might improve your understanding of the area.

You may be able to take this questionnaire online – either here on our site or on an external site – or download it and complete it on paper – it depends on copyright (and whether we’ve managed to build it on our site!).

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You can take a questionnaire on our site. This will score the questions automatically and give you a summary showing what your score means.

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