Self-test: Are you suffering from compassion fatigue?

May 6, 2015
Allyne Moon, RVT

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,

appearance)

> Legal problems, indebtedness

Reoccurrence of nightmares and flashbacks to traumatic event

Chronic physical ailments such as gastrointestinal problems and

recurrent colds

Apathy, sad, no longer finds

activities pleasurable

> Difficulty concentrating

> Mentally and physically tired

> Preoccupied

> In denial about problems

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