Compassion fatigue, also known as secondary traumatic stress (STS), is a condition characterized by a gradual lessening of compassion over time. It is common among individuals that work directly with trauma victims such as nurses, psychologists, and first responders. Compassion fatigue phenomenon also occurs for professionals involved with long term health care. It can also occur for loved ones who have institutionalized family members. These people may develop symptoms of depression, stress, and trauma. Those who are primary care providers for patients with terminal illnesses are at a higher risk of developing Compassion fatigue symptoms.
International Journal of Emergency Mental Health and Human Resilience of OMICS International stands among the top journals on Compassion fatigue. The journal helps to gather all the relevant information on clinical psychology, behavioral medicine, psychopharmacology and basic medical science.
Last date updated on June, 2014