Tuesday, September 24th, 2019
Compassion Fatigue: When Caregivers Go Beyond Burnout
Most caregivers experience times when the fatigue and frustration of providing care for a loved one can border on burnout. Some caregivers feel that they have progressed beyond burnout, and it is important to understand that there is a term for this feeling: compassion fatigue. Most caregivers have heard about burnout, but many are unfamiliar with the concept of compassion fatigue and how these two conditions differ. Compassion fatigue is a state of tension and stress that result in feelings of hopelessness. Unlike caregiver burnout, compassion fatigue is considered a secondary traumatic stress disorder that results from exposure to another person's traumatic experience and creates emotional stress, indifference and overall disinterest in other people's issues.
Holy Cross Hospital