Depressed, Angry, Hopeless? You may be suffering from Compassion Fatigue.
|The word ‘compassion’ has a Latin origin and literally means ‘suffering with’. Involving sharing the discomfort, pain and distress of other people and animals, compassion can really hurt.
Compassion fatigue is an emotional and spiritual fatigue or exhaustion that takes over a person and causes a decline in his or her ability to experience joy or to feel and care for others. Compassion fatigue can be experienced by caretakers of people as well as animals. Facing a number of crisis & victories, day after day, you can experience a roller coaster of emotional highs and lows. Experiencing chronic suffering of animals, toxic circumstances, and the sometimes abusive acts of owners can leave you detached, numb, powerless and angry.
Whatever your role – animal rescue work, sheltering work, animal control work, political advocacy work, volunteer, employee, supervisor, administrator, board member, your compassion for animals can drain your emotionally.
Compassion Fatigue—The Cost of Caring
Compassion Fatigue Symptoms
Compassion fatigue is a type of burnout. Whether you are a paid professional, a volunteer—or both—the symptoms are similar:
Compassion Fatigue Resources
Book: Compassion Fatigue in the Animal-Care Community