» Compassion Fatigue and The Professional – Angst in Anxiety

Anyone who has ever cared for another during an illness, following a death, during a mental illness, drug addiction, or any of the many loss scenarios that exist understand that compassion will involve fatigue and stress.Caretaking involves energy of the physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual kind. It is hard to care for another. It is also rewarding and meaningful. But, it is difficult and the caregiver must take care as well.

 

Compassion fatigue is also known as secondary traumatic stress (STS). It used to be referred to as caregiver burnout. Caregiving is an individual activity when one cares for a child, spouse, loved one, or close friend. Caregiving extends into the ranks of professionals who show up every day to take care of you and those you care about.

 

By NANETTE BURTON MONGELLUZZO