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Shape | Compassion Fatigue May Be the Real Cause of Your Mental and Physical Exhaustion

Here's your complete guide to compassion fatigue, including how it differs from burnout and how to avoid it.

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What Is Compassion Fatigue?

Put simply, compassion fatigue is a term for mental, physical, or emotional exhaustion resulting from helping others. This isn’t referring to performing tasks along the lines of helping a friend move into their new apartment or copy-editing their CV, according to mental health expert Arin N. Reeves, J.D., Ph.D., author of In Charge. “Compassion fatigue is specifically around helping people experiencing or trying to heal from a trauma,” she says. The partner of a person who was recently attacked, the nurse who works primarily with sexual assault survivors, and a daughter who lives with their parent who recently watched their partner die could all end up with compassion fatigue, for instance.

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