Compassion Fatigue also called “secondary traumatic stress” or simply “compassion fatigue,” is a phenomenon of reduced compassion statuses in individuals over some time. This can be due to the constant and disturbing exposure to images of trauma in their line of work or daily lives. Compassion Fatigue refers to the physical, emotional, and mental symptoms experienced by trauma victims, survivors, and workers. Symptoms of Compassion Fatigue include sleep problems, feeling emotionally drained all the time, losing interest in activities you used to enjoy, fatigue on a physical level (with symptoms such as headaches, shortness of breath, stomach problems), psychosomatic pains (growing pains; back pain; etc.), difficulty concentrating at work or in school, vivid re-experiencing of the trauma after hearing about it again.
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