Compassion fatigue is currently not listed as a diagnosis in the DSM-5-TR or ICD-11.
Compassion fatigue is an emerging condition, meaning that it has not been well studied and is not yet fully defined. It is a type of mental health condition that can occur in caregivers.
Compassion fatigue refers to the stress of caring for patients or clients, family members, or others.
Compassion fatigue can create a sense of helplessness, confusion, and at times, a loss of empathy for others.
People who are experiencing compassion fatigue can feel emotionally isolated from colleagues, family members, and other important people in their lives.
Compassion fatigue is currently not listed as a diagnosis in either the DSM-5-TR or ICD-11.
Compassion fatigue is an emerging condition that has not yet been well studied, elaborated, understood, or researched, and the term remains controversial. Compassion fatigue appears to be a series of adverse psychological reactions to providing care to others. The adverse reactions appear related to the emotional toll and stress of caring for others.
Compassion fatigue is often described as occurring in those who provide psychological care to patients or clients who have experienced one or more potentially psychologically traumatic event.18
Compassion fatigue can include a sense of helplessness or confusion and a loss of empathy toward the person who is being treated or helped, as well as a feeling of emotional isolation from colleagues, family, and other social supports.
Compassion fatigue can occur as a result of a single exposure or an accumulation of exposures to patients’ or clients’ detailed descriptions of their psychologically traumatic experiences.
Compassion fatigue is sometimes associated with, or conflated with, secondary traumatic stress or vicarious trauma. Compassion fatigue is generally considered to be distinct from burnout.