Symptoms of Compassion Fatigue / Secondary Traumatic Stress. 


Professionals can become emotionally and physically burdened by the constant stress of helping others. Compassion Fatigue is different than burnout which can often be alleviated by a reduction of work, a vacation or change of employment. Compassion Fatigue is connected to the work you do - your overall career. It comes from caring and tending to others needs to the point that it causes you physical and emotional harm. 

"Compassion Fatigue is a state experienced by those helping people or animals in distress; it is an extreme state of tension and preoccupation with the suffering of those being helped to the degree that it can create a secondary traumatic stress for the helper." Dr. Charles Figley

Symptoms may include but are not limited to...
Apathy
Anger
Guilt
Sadness
Constant stress
Emptiness
Irritability
Frustration
Fatigue
Trouble sleeping
Sleeping too much
Nightmares
Self-islotation
Loss of hope
Loss of interest
Decreased empathy or sympathy
Depersonalization
Lethargic behavior
Slowed speech or movement
Trouble concentrating
Resistance to cooperation
Resistance to change
Loss of compassion
Lack of creativity
Lack of motivation
Difficulty making decisions
Skepticism
Cynicism
Negativity
Closed off to new ideas
Closed off to others
Blaming others
Self-blame
Bottled up emotions
Excessive worry
Agitation
Restlessnesss
Running late
Disorganization
Physical pain
Stomach or intestinal issues
Headaches
Weight loss or gain
Change in appetite
Feelings of not being enough
Feelings of incompetence
Substance abuse
Suicidal thoughts or attempts

How can we help? Forest Hughes & Associates simultaneously address the personal needs, bodily needs and community needs of each individual. Because trauma triggers and is stored in the body and creates a sense of isolation and disconnection from self and others, it is imperative that all three layers of being are included in the healing process. 

We provide the opportunity for healing and for the possibility of post traumatic growth - the positive change that occurs as a result of living through life's challenges. Center U™ is available online right now. We can also come to your place of employment within the NYC metro area. Contact us today. 

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Symptoms of Vicarious Traumatization. 

Vicarious traumatization effects the professional trauma worker's inner personal foundation by changing one's beliefs, identity and spirituality. This transformation of self marks it's difference to compassion fatigue. Vicarious trauma can manifest as a result of the working with those who have directly experienced trauma.

Additional contributing factors to it's development can include the lack of professional support and support networks, intense bureaucratic and administrative factors, down-sizing, reorganization or shifts in management. 

Symptoms may include, but are not limited to...
Shift in identity i.e. the professional role becomes the dominant role in one's life
Shift in belief i.e. how safe, vulnerable or effective you are
Shift in spirituality i.e. meaning, purpose, hope, core beliefs
Social withdrawal and isolation
Mood swings
Agression
Hyper-vigilant about safety and security
Need to be in control
Anxiety
Insomnia
Physical pain and somatic responses
Bodily tension
Weight loss or gain
Heart palpitations
Difficulty breathing deeply
Headaches
Numbness
Blurred vision
Backpain
Altered eating habits
Altered sexual habits
Exhaustion despite adequate rest
Crashing when you have time-off
Sensitivity to violence
Intrusive imagery
Decreased empathy or sympathy
Sensitivity to intense emotional material
Guilt related to privilege
Survivors guilt
Lasting guilt
Resentment
Black or white thinking
Rigid thinking
Unable to see other perspectives
Unable to hold space for suffering that appears less severe
Avoidance
Distraction
Tardiness
Absenteeism
Despair
Hopelessness
Negative outlook
Cynicism
Lack of diversity in friendships i.e. only socialize with professionals in the field
Professional and personal boundaries blur. 
Difficulty trusting
Disconnection from others
Lack of personal life
Difficulty making decisions
Reduced productivity
Risky behavior
Difficulty remembering
Difficult concentrating
Substance abuse
Suicidal thoughts or attempts

How can we help? Forest Hughes & Associates simultaneously address the personal needs, bodily needs and community needs of each individual. Because trauma triggers and is stored in the body and creates a sense of isolation and disconnection from self and others, it is imperative that  all three layers of being are included in the healing process. 

We provide the opportunity for healing and for the possibility of post traumatic growth - the positive change as a result of living through life's challenges. Center U™ is available online right now. We can also come to your place of employment within the NYC metro area. Contact us today. 

© 2017 Forest Hughes & Associates ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
All reproduction and distribution of material without consent will be pursued to the fullest extent of the law. This page was curated from traditional research studies as well as our experience in the field.