Coping With Compassion Fatigue

A wife hugging her husband, who is in a wheelchair.

Helping people deal with trauma can be a meaningful experience and can also take a toll on caregivers. Over time, the possibility of stress that comes with helping others can cause the following symptoms to interfere with everyday life:

  • Anxiety
  • Sleeplessness
  • Irritability

These symptoms are often called compassion fatigue or secondary traumatic stress. Left untreated, compassion fatigue can lead to burnout and other conditions that might not go away on their own, like depression. If you work with trauma victims, learn about the steps you can take to recognize, limit and treat these effects.

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