Do you feel like you have given all that you have and there is no more that you can give? Health Care Heros such as individual caregivers, medical personnel and first responders are susceptiible to Compassion Fatigue.
Compassion Fatigue is characterized by exhaustion, both physical and emotional resulting from extended care giving or support to others.
Anyone who is repeatedly exposed to the suffering of others is at risk. People who constantly put the needs of others first and neglect their own self-care are particularly vulnerable.
- Ruminating about the suffering of others
- Blaming yourself and having thoughts of not having done enough to help the people who are suffering
- Reduced empathy
- Feeling less efficient or productive at work
- Feeling hopeless, helpless or powerless
Recovery from compassion fatigue requires that you be very intentional in your self-care. Therapy can help you to clarify your values, identify new coping skills, and relieve symptoms.
If you think that you are suffering from compassion fatigue please contact me today. I am happy to speak with you about how I may be able to help.