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Compassion Fatigue

Strategies to Help Moms Avoid Compassion Fatigue

Shari Medini | Posted 01.25.2016 | Parents
Shari Medini

Self care doesn't have to mean extravagant girls' weekends and shopping binges. Self care is more about the day to day mindset and small things that you do to decrease your stress levels and refill your compassion tank.

Compassion Fatigue: Do as I Say, Not as I've Done

Caitlyn McIntosh | Posted 12.30.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Caitlyn McIntosh

Compassion fatigue. You may or may not have heard the term and definition, but it is pretty straightforward. And real. If you let it get far enough, i...

Processing Speed: Our Reaction to Violence

Mary Rowen | Posted 12.10.2015 | Politics
Mary Rowen

What American adult will ever forget the Newtown massacre? As that horrific story hit the media on December 14, 2012, I recall being overwhelmed by sh...

The Difference: Time Off vs. Work-Life Balance

Dike Drummond, M.D. | Posted 02.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Dike Drummond, M.D.

These three steps are essential to transforming simple time off, holidays and vacations into meaningful life balance for doctors and other busy people.

Compassion Fatigue About Syria... Already?

Susan Moeller | Posted 10.23.2013 | Media
Susan Moeller

Today the news is moving beyond the photos from Syria. Other events and issues clamor for our attention, including stories and questions about possible humanitarian abuses on all sides of the Syrian conflict. But let us fight against compassion fatigue.

2013: The Year Fatigue Set In

Marian Salzman | Posted 03.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Marian Salzman

"Fatigue" turned out to be the perfect word for what many people were beginning to feel after a few years of hyperconnectivity, information overload and always-on living.

Compassion Fatigue Is a Call to Action

Dike Drummond, M.D. | Posted 02.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Dike Drummond, M.D.

Remember the oxygen mask and get your needs taken care of first. Take exquisite care of yourself as the foundation for taking care of others. This is the only way you can be emotionally available for your patients and your family and avoid even deeper levels of burnout.

Rx for Compassion Fatigue

Deborah Schoeberlein David | Posted 02.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Deborah Schoeberlein David

To a doctor, the death (and even impending death) of a patient represents the ultimate professional failure. The problem is that by trying so hard to extend life, doctors can miss the opportunity to be present, compassionately, as their patients make the last, final transition.

Practicing G.R.A.C.E.: How To Have Compassion

Roshi Joan Halifax | Posted 11.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Roshi Joan Halifax

My hope is that the G.R.A.C.E. model will help you to actualize compassion in your own life and that the impact of this will ripple out to benefit the people with whom you interact each day as well as countless others.

Burnout Presents Differently in Male and Female Doctors

Dike Drummond, M.D. | Posted 10.28.2012 | Healthy Living
Dike Drummond, M.D.

Numerous studies have shown that an average of 1 in 3 practicing physicians is suffering from symptomatic burnout on any given office day, worldwide, regardless of specialty.

Why Your Doctor Isn't Listening and What You Can Do About It

Dike Drummond, M.D. | Posted 10.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Dike Drummond, M.D.

Being a doctor is stressful. Continuously caring and being empathetic is an impossible expectation. When doctors are under stress the first thing that goes is the ability to listen and care. Unfortunately, these are also the two most important things to you as the patient.

The Chaos Of Caregiving: 'Everything Is Fine Until One Day It Isn't'

Dorothy Sander | Posted 08.06.2012 | Fifty
Dorothy Sander

When we talk about caregiver burnout, compassion fatigue or the stress of caretaking in general, perhaps the most important dimension to address is that of the emotional upheaval, the undertaking of the grieving process that often begins in earnest and lies buried in silence far too long.

Why Caregivers Need Self-Compassion

Kristin Neff | Posted 07.23.2012 | Healthy Living
Kristin Neff

Although the term "compassion fatigue" is well-known, some psychologists are starting to argue that the term should be changed to "empathy fatigue."

At a Military Hospital, Warriors Are Not the Only Wounded

Michael Winship | Posted 07.15.2012 | Impact
Michael Winship

Wounded Warrior had asked some of us to come to Landstuhl to meet with the medical staff there. Some 3,000 strong, military and civilian, they work ceaselessly in what has become one of the busiest trauma centers in the world.

Antidote To Compassion Fatigue: Lessons From West Africa For US Health Care

Alison Craiglow Hockenberry | Posted 07.01.2012 | Impact
Alison Craiglow Hockenberry

Compassion fatigue has an antidote. True, we can become weary of the seemingly infinite number of problems plaguing our fellow humans. But that same interconnectedness allows us do more than just learn about what's happening around the world. We can learn from it.

Learning to Weather Our Inner Storms

Carol Smaldino | Posted 08.27.2011 | Arts
Carol Smaldino

Playwright Boo Killebrew models for us the experience of daring to re-connect to her father and re-live the sorrows and abandonment she endured.

Beyond Godzilla and 9/11

David Helvarg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
David Helvarg

Compare the global response to what's happening today in Japan and Libya to last year's earthquake in rural Pakistan or the ongoing killings and famines that have taken over two million lives in eastern Congo.

Heading Into Mother's Day With Compassion Fatigue? Me Too

Dr. Sharon Ufberg | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Sharon Ufberg

Have you ever heard of compassion fatigue? When I heard a group of social workers talking about this condition I was fascinated by the phrase alone.

The Fort Hood Shooter Didn't Have PTSD, So Can We Please Stop Insulting People With Post-Traumatic Stress?

Belleruth Naparstek | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Belleruth Naparstek

It's good to see public discussion about posttraumatic stress and concern for the health and welfare of our troops. But I don't think the events at Fort Hood had anything to do with posttraumatic stress.

The Virus Behind Fort Hood Shootings

Wael Nawara | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wael Nawara

After 9/11 and the launching of "The War on Terror," which reportedly he opposed, Mjr. Hasan may have begun to develop an identity crisis.