Compassion Fatigue 

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Are you in a helping profession or a care giver?

Have you heard of the term Compassion Fatigue ?

Let’s take a good look at what Compassion Fatigue looks like and some options and resources if you are dealing with compassion Fatique.

As a mental health professional and living with a chronic health condition. I have been researching Compassion Fatique and the correlation between the two.

 

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In the early 1990s, Compassion Fatique was first seen in the nursing and health care profession. It was not until many years later that it was looked at in other helping professionals.

Below are some key areas to be focused on when looking to gain better insight into Compassion Fatigue.

Commom Symptoms

1. Anger and irritability

2. Insomnia

3. Low energy

4. Isolation from others

5. Changes in Appetite

6. Frequent Flashbacks

7. Lack of Motivation

8. Guilty Feelings

9. Sadness or Depressive Symptoms

10. Lack of ability to focus/ Concentration

11. Somatic complaints ( stomach aches, headaches)

12. Poor coping

13 .Anxiety ( excessive worry )

14. Feeling Hopeless

15. Unproductive at work

16 . Issues with interpersonal relationships

Although the symptoms are very symptoms to the common mental health diagnosis, Compassion Fatique is not mental illiness.

If you have any of the symptoms above and having difficulty coping feel free to reach out for additional support from a professional or your primary care physician.

Find positive and healthy outlets.

You may also consider signing up for Selfcare programs or I highly recommend subscribing to MYME Box a Subscription Box that is delivered directly to your door or a great gift for a person that you may think is suffering from Compassion Fatigue.

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Additional Website resources

http://www.compassionfatigue.org/

http://www.stress.org/military/for-practitionersleaders/compassion-fatigue/

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