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What is compassion fatigue? Here’s how to retain your humanity even if you’re feeling burned out

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    fredo
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    I don't have that issue at all. Never had, actually. When there's nothing I can do about something, I become much less emotionally involved. What good my egotistical pain will do to those that...

    I don't have that issue at all. Never had, actually. When there's nothing I can do about something, I become much less emotionally involved. What good my egotistical pain will do to those that suffer? I do my part to alleviate the suffering I can touch or influence somehow, but once I cross that threshold, well, I'm already thinking of something else.

    Edit: maybe they should call it "guilt fatigue" instead? I don't think compassion in and of itself is tiresome, but endless self recrimination for "not doing enough" is.

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      1. fredo
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        It is certainly hard to determine those boundaries and they must be subject to change. I simply choose to not torture myself about it.

        It is certainly hard to determine those boundaries and they must be subject to change. I simply choose to not torture myself about it.

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  2. meatrocket
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    I think it's worth pointing out how much the mentioned symptoms overlap with depression. If this is relatable for you, and you've felt these long-term, please consider talking about it with your...

    I think it's worth pointing out how much the mentioned symptoms overlap with depression.

    be on the lookout for the following symptoms:

    • Apathy or indifference to even the most pleasurable parts of life
    • Mental and/or physical exhaustion or overwhelm
    • Insomnia
    • Difficulty concentrating
    • Headaches
    • Loss of appetite
    • A desire to isolate
    • A low sense of self-worth
    • A shortened temper
    • A feeling of aimlessness

    If this is relatable for you, and you've felt these long-term, please consider talking about it with your physician or a psychiatrist.

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