Introduction:Caring for others takes its toll on caregivers and is becoming a part of our everyday lives as we become too accustomed to the scenes of war and world issues. Here are the signs of Compassion Fatigue. To get help one must first recognize the symptoms.
Caregivers in the health care or home setting become angry and irritable easily after caring for someone long term. Anger can show itself as neglect, verbal abuse or derogatory statements, and physical violence or abuse of the patient or those that come into contact with the caregiver such as their own family.
Remember 9/11? In the beginning we were horrified by what we saw but as they played images of disaster and violence over and over on the news we became numb to it. Not that we still don't feel anything at all but those images and news that bothered us then don't phase us as much now. A town square gets bombed in the middle east somewhere and we barely even pay attention. The same patient presents once again with their chronic illness and caregivers have less compassion than when they first saw the patient even though the illness is legitimate.
It always amazed me to see just how many health care workers and family caregivers smoked and drank. An medical education doesn't account for stress or tell you how to deal with it. Different personalities deal with stress in many ways and there are plenty of healthy caregivers out there that have figured out how to cope. If you are a caregiver that finds yourself reaching for a glass of wine every night after work and can't do without it, its time to get help.
Most caregivers aren't doing what they do for a pat on the back or just for a paycheck. They are there because they want to help someone. When the caregiver gets to the point where the taking care of the patient becomes just clinical and they are unable to consider the spirit and mind of the patient it is time to step back.
One of the most common signs of Compassion Fatigue is that the caregiver believes that the world is out to get them. They begin to think that there is no way out of the constant flow of needs of the patient and that they will never be able to take care of them adequately. The Victim becomes more and more depressed and angry with management and family members.
If you have the signs of Compassion Fatigue there are resources available to help you find healthy ways to deal with the stress of taking care of patients and loved ones. See the links below for help and information.
Thank you so much for this wonderful list, great job!
Very nice. Thank-you!
Make sense, "compassion fatigue" and there are numerous people suffering from it and don't know .. whatever one is dealing with, never use drugs or alcohol as a coping mechanism .. Hi5.
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