In this element, you will learn about the symptoms, prevalence and risks of compassion fatigue. You will explore an experience to identify elements of compassion fatigue and you will will consider and share what was learned, what stood out and ideas to reduce risk. Enjoy.
Symptoms of compassion fatigue (also referred to as secondary trauma) are aligned with the DSM5 criteria for trauma and mirror the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD). The difference between PTSD and compassion fatigue is that PTSD is experienced directly whilst compassion fatigue is experienced indirectly.
Symptoms of compassion fatigue impact people who care for others physically, socially and emotionally. Experiences of compassion fatigue are uniquely individual.
Symptoms and experiences include fatigue, gastrointestinal issues, feelings of exhaustion, hyper arousal, rapid pulse, hypertension, increased pain and physical ailments.
Symptoms and experiences include doubting one’s values and beliefs, abrupt changes to one’s view of the world, isolation, withdrawal from social activities with family and friends, interpersonal disruption, inability to feel a sense of happiness or enjoyment, reduction in self-esteem and feelings of guilt and cynicism.
Symptoms and experiences include depression, anxiety, sleep disturbance, intrusive images, and thoughts and dreams related to the client’s trauma.