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Compassion Fatigue

Viimati uuendatud: 11.10.2019

Compassion Fatigue

Compassion fatigue is a problem affecting mostly those whose profession requires understanding, helping and solving other people’s problems (e.g., doctors, nurses, social workers, caregivers, counsellors). Constant contact with the sufferings of people, and the inability to help, may trigger guilt and provoke a need to protect oneself against the problems of the persons helped. Compassion fatigue often accompanies the burnout syndrome, but the sufferer may not always understand the essence of their problem. Thinking changes, a sense of numbness develops, the person feels like they are looking at their reactions from aside and are unable to react with sincere compassion. Such state deepens, starting to distract work and private life (Inge Tael 2013).

Compassion fatigue can be prevented and relieved by developing relationships between employees (support from co-workers, possibility to discuss problems), having keepsakes at work that remind the employee of home or something pleasant (e.g. family photos, favourite pieces of art, certificates), enabling visits to occupational psychologist or supervisor, and to rest and unload the problems in a healthy way (e.g. access to sports clubs, collective outdoor or other events, suitably fitted resting rooms, etc.), guarantee a normal work and rest time pattern, and so on. If the problem has already emerged, it is important that the employee consults a specialist because compassion fatigue does not only influence the person suffering from it, but also the quality of their work due to changes in thinking and feeling.


Compiled by: Liina Saar

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