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Compassion Fatigue as Stress Disorder

How often do you find yourself on the edge of compassion fatigue (with your family, your friends, your coworkers, your patients, your clients)? Do you think they can read it in your face? What can you do to be sure you have the emotional reserves to do what you need to do?

How often do you find yourself on the edge of compassion fatigue (with your family, your friends, your coworkers, your patients, your clients)? Do you think they can read it in your face? What can you do to be sure you have the emotional reserves to do what you need to do?

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The key to answering these questions is to first understand the definition of compassion fatigue. Compassion fatigue is the name that has been given to a form of stress disorder that is associated with being a caregiver for others. It can occur with a caregiver that is taking care of one person at home, or a someone who is employed as a caregiver for many people (CFAP, 2013; Pfifferling & Gilley, 2000).

The reason that compassion fatigue develops is because caregivers must deal with a great deal of emotional, mental, and physical stress. Caregivers often forget to take care of themselves, instead focusing all of their attention on those they are caring for. This can result in emotional problems such as depression, irritation, nightmares, sadness, and/or apathy. The caregiver might also notice that they blame others more, complain a lot, and have difficulty concentrating. Because so much ...

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The solution explores compassion fatigue and its impacts on caregivers. In addition, methods that caregivers can adopt to avoid or overcome compassion fatigue are mentioned.

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