Burnout vs. Compassion Fatigue
Individuals in the helping profession may experience “burnout.” It is important to understand that “burnout” and Compassion Fatigue are very different, but can produce very similar symptoms.
People who are truly “burned out” lose the ability to empathize. Individuals who experience Compassion Fatigue, desire to help and empathize with the children and families they serve. However, they become overwhelmed by their own thoughts and feelings to do so.