Have you heard of the term compassion fatigue? Secondary trauma?
I've been working with criminal defense lawyers and Veterans on how to recognize symptoms of compassion fatigue. I suffered for many years and continue to be a work in progress. Once we begin to recognize the symptoms, we can grow resiliency so we can help others and ourselves. .
"Compassion Fatigue is a state experienced by those helping people or animals in distress; it is an extreme state of tension and preoccupation with the suffering of those being helped to the degree that it can create a secondary traumatic stress for the helper."
Dr. Charles Figley
Professor, Paul Henry Kurzweg Distinguished Chair
Director, Tulane Traumatology Institute
Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
Check out the link for more information: http://compassionfatigue.org