Compassion Fatigue

Compassion fatigue, also called vicarious trauma, refers to the secondary exposure to trauma seen in fields where workers are directly exposed to the trauma of the people they are caring for. People in caregiving professions tend to work in environments that constantly present emotional, sad and and heart-wrenching circumstances where providing compassion becomes a necessary part of the job. While it can be fulfilling to help others, it can also create an enormous amount of stress and fatigue that can start to affect the compassionate individual in negative ways. Accepting the presence of compassion fatigue validates that you are a caring and nurturing person. With the support of a mental health professional, you can find ways to cope with and change how you are impacted by the compassion fatigue you’ve been experiencing. This may include learning where to find social support and practicing self-care.

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