Signs and Symptoms

Compassion fatigue tends to be a gradual process.  It can develop due to an accumulation of things.  Signs and symptoms may include:

  • Feeling emotionally numb and/or drained
  • Wanting to isolate from colleagues, family and friends
  • Overwhelmed by negative feelings – nothing is going well, nothing will change etc
  • Losing compassion towards people
  • Feeling irritable and angry on a regular basis, even over small things
  • Headaches
  • Changes in eating habits
  • Low or no energy
  • Not sleeping and/or feeling tired most of the time 

If you are experiencing these signs and symptoms, please contact one of the support services listed in the advice section below.