Is this what it sounds like?
Almost. Compassion fatigue is a physical, emotional and spiritual exhaustion that leaves the caregiver depressed, apathetic, and resentful of his/her care patient.
But you’re not just tired. You are running on empty.
At its core, compassion fatigue makes you feel like giving up.
You might be experiencing compassion fatigue if:
You no longer feel the same tolerance you once did
You are irritable, short tempered, pessimistic and impatient
It becomes increasingly difficult to sympathize with your loved one
You’re feeling insecure and/or questioning your competence, effectiveness and productivity
You are socially withdrawn from others
Disturbing images are invading your thoughts and dreams
Isn’t that just how caregiving feels?
Caregiving is draining, time consuming, difficult and emotional. But it isn’t normal to feel like the support available is significantly outweighed by the demands of your role. And you can’t go on another day.