Self-test: Are you suffering from compassion fatigue?
Allyne Moon, RVT, works at a municipal shelter in the city of Long Beach, California.
Check yourself with this quick list of symptoms. Then seek help.
According to The Compassion Fatigue Awareness Project, symptoms include:
> Excessive blaming
> Bottled up emotions
> Isolation from others
> Receives unusual amount of complaints from others
> Voices excessive complaints about administrative functions
> Substance abuse used to mask feelings
> Compulsive behaviors such as overspending, overeating, gambling, sexual addictions
> Poor self-care (i.e., hygiene,
> Legal problems, indebtedness
> Reoccurrence of nightmares and flashbacks to traumatic event
> Chronic physical ailments such as gastrointestinal problems and
> Apathy, sad, no longer finds
> Difficulty concentrating
> Mentally and physically tired
> In denial about problems
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