Caring for those who are sick, elderly or dying is stressful and emotional and can lead to compassion fatigue, also known as secondary trauma stress. The condition is preventable and treatable. Photo: Alamy

When you care too much: compassion fatigue – what it is and how to treat it

  • Looking after sick, disabled or terminally ill people can be intense and exhausting and lead to physical and mental burnout
  • Compassion fatigue, which is preventable, affects carers, whether they are professionals, family member or friends
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Caring for those who are sick, elderly or dying is stressful and emotional and can lead to compassion fatigue, also known as secondary trauma stress. The condition is preventable and treatable. Photo: Alamy
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