Care for the Caregiver: What Works, What Doesn't
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE WASHINGTON DC MILITARY HEALTH SYSTEM
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Review definition by Figley 2005 Compassion fatigue is a state experienced by those helping people in distress An extreme state of tension and preoccupation with the suffering of those being helped to the degree that it is traumatizing for the helper The helper, in contrast to the persons being helped, is traumatized or suffers through the helpers own efforts to empathize and be compassionate Often, this leads to poor self care and extreme self sacrifice in the process of helping Together, this leads to compassion fatigue and symptoms similar to posttraumatic stress disorder PTSD.
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