Compassion fatigue a sign to seek mental health supports

After several years of health uncertainty and a stream of unsettling headlines, many people are simply done. The effort to manage life stress is leading to exhaustion and compassion fatigue.

Individuals report a range of symptoms as they work through extended periods of extra stress. For some, irritability, anxiety, lethargy, and apathy are more common, while others experience more acute signs such as occasional panic attacks, trauma responses, or use of unhealthy coping skills to manage.

“It’s hard to say we can’t care or be emotionally invested in everything, but all many of us can handle is to think about what to do in our own backyard at this point,” said Rosecrance Regional Director of Behavioral Health Clinics Leah Scanlan, M.A., LCPC, in a recent episode of the “On Your Radar” podcast. “When we find that we’re not as empathetic toward people in our immediate circle, that’s a good sign to step back and think about what can be removed.”

When symptoms begin to impact daily functioning, Scanlan says it’s time to seek help. Individuals who contact Rosecrance will be guided to the treatment plan that best meets their needs. Some may need a couple outpatient sessions to work through a situation or refresh coping skills, while others may find a long-term therapist the best option.

Rosecrance therapists are available to work individuals through life circumstances that may be causing excess anxiety or stress this holiday season. Individualized treatment is offered, with a full continuum of outpatient and residential options available. If you or a loved one need help, please call the Rosecrance Access team at 888.928.5278.