Empathy Overload

Those who choose a career in psychology or caretaking are often drawn to their work because of their desire to help others, as well as the satisfaction that comes with being able to support people who are experiencing difficult, painful situations.

While these careers are many times rewarding, the daily exposure to suffering and stress can lead to compassion fatigue.  This condition can make it more difficult for professionals and caregivers to access their empathy, due to “empathy overload,” and can result in burnout, depression, anxiety, and physical and emotional exhaustion. Recognizing and addressing compassion fatigue is vital for personal and professional well-being.

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