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Compassion Tree   Some Symptoms of STS Compared to Compassion Fatigue

Compassion Fatigue occurs when there becomes a chronic accumulation of multiple secondary traumas in addition to burnout.

Secondary Traumatic Stress
  • Helpless

  • Stressed

  • "Drowning," too much

  • Anger or sadness

  • Fear, guilt, minimizing

  • Physical ailments

  • Hypervigilance

  • Inability to embrace complexity

  • Sleep difficulty, exhaustion

  • Avoidance
Compassion Fatigue
  • Hopeless

  • Exhausted and numb

  • "Dried up," not enough

  • Apathy or sadness

  • Bottled up emotions, outbursts

  • Persistent physical ailments

  • Cynical altered world view

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Recurring nightmares, flashbacks

  • Isolation


Is there one patient that comes to mind as you review the list of symptoms for Secondary Traumatic Stress?

How about for Compassion Fatigue?

Consider jotting down a word or phrase to remember this, as there will be an opportunity to come back to this later in the course.

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