“Compassion fatigue is a preoccupation with absorbing trauma and emotional stresses of others, and this creates a secondary traumatic stress in the helper”. (Reference http://transitionalsupport.com.au/transitional-phase/compassion-fatigue-trauma/)
Compassion fatigue also referred to as secondary traumatic stress (STS) can affect almost everyone, especially those who are caring for others. In fact, according to the Compassion Fatigue Awareness Project, “denial is one of the most detrimental symptoms” because it prevents those who are experiencing compassion fatigue from accurately assessing how fatigued and stressed they actually are, which prevents them from seeking help.
Recognising first signs and symptoms and speaking up is the first step.
Other steps you can take are:
If you think carers burnout is affecting you there are online tests you can take to assess your compassion fatigue.
Please feel free to click on the links below.
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