medical: the physical and mental exhaustion and emotional withdrawal experienced by those who care for sick or traumatized people over an extended period of time
Unlike burnout, which is caused by everyday work stresses (dealing with insurance companies, making treatment choices), compassion fatigue results from taking on the emotional burden of a patient's agony.—Tim Jarvis
: apathy or indifference toward the suffering of others as the result of overexposure to tragic news stories and images and the subsequent appeals for assistance
Several fundraising experts said the Las Vegas collection may trail other donation efforts for several reasons, including "compassion fatigue" … . "Compassion fatigue is a real thing. There have been so many things that happened this year," [Sandy] Rees said. "But it does get overwhelming, and I think people start to tune out."—David Montero
Examples of compassion fatigue in a Sentence
Recent Examples on the WebEach person can have a different experience with compassion fatigue or display different symptoms.—Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi, Discover Magazine, 3 Oct. 2023 Psychotherapist Stephanie Sarkis says the mental health consequences of compassion fatigue can be severe, including anxiety, depression as well as thoughts of suicide.—USA TODAY, 1 Sep. 2023 Employees often have to weather abuse from clients, leading to compassion fatigue and high turnover.—Paige McGlauflin, Fortune, 30 Aug. 2023 Over time, her expertise grew to encompass areas as diverse as grief, personality disorders, family trauma, compassion fatigue, military counseling, mindfulness meditation, ADHD, and anxiety.—Jon Stojan, USA TODAY, 19 July 2023 What is compassion fatigue?—Anisha Patel-Dunn, Fortune Well, 21 Feb. 2023 What are some signs of compassion fatigue?—Anisha Patel-Dunn, Fortune Well, 21 Feb. 2023 See More
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: the physical and mental exhaustion and emotional withdrawal experienced by those that care for sick or traumatized people over an extended period of time
Some researchers consider compassion fatigue to be similar to posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), except that it applies to those emotionally affected by the trauma of another (eg, client or family member) rather than by one's own trauma.—Michael K. Kearney et al., The Journal of the American Medical Association
Clinicians should be aware of how their emotional withdrawal or lability and "compassion fatigue" can jeopardize the care of dying patients and their families.—Deborah Cook and Graeme Rocker, The New England Journal of Medicine
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