As Figley (2003) concluded after five research projects that, ‘those who work with the suffering suffer themselves because of the work’. Therefore, it is can seen that ‘suffering’ probably one of the causes that lead to compassion fatigue. In the email message (see in Appendix 6) from Uyen (28 August 2014), she wrote that compassion fatigue could be due to overworking such as working without taking break or maybe dealing with too many traumatic cases at once. So, the second reason could be is job burnout and overexposure with patient. Due to the high frequency or number of appeals, in this instance are the traumatic cases, resulting in
Her anxiety and depression can worsen the situation. 2. Professional factors: Breaking bad news is an essential skill for all doctors. Incompetent knowledge, exhaustion, personal difficulties, behavioral beliefs, and subjective attitude, like personal fear of death can affect doctor’s ability to convey bad news sensitively . Also apart from doing a thoroughhomework on the patient’s disease status, emotional status, coping skills, educational level, and support system available are also reviewed before trying to break the bad news .
Traumatic events or catastrophes happen when one experiences actual or expectant death of a loved one. Soldiers, someone being assaulted, terrorist attacks, car wrecks, or natural disasters are all examples of catastrophes. Life changes such as divorce or moving cities has been proven to raise stress levels, even marriage can cause heightened stress. Daily hassles, though they’re often minor, are irritations that can happen daily. Cyber hassles have been linked to upper respiratory infections, leading researchers to believe that daily hassles can make a person mentally and physically weaker.
Social and Environmental factors: These risk factors include unemployment, social isolation, old age people suffer from abuse because they are not capable of doing their things by themselves and are dependent to others and illness, discrimination, racism, homelessness, lack of social support and stressful life events.People may feel abused and highly depressed on being isolated physically, emotionally and socially and on theabsence of adequate support and relief. In the given case, all the elderly victims were the patient of dementia or were highly dependent on the service providers that showed how it provides the care workers with lots of opportunity without any risk. Also, one of the major factor that contributes to abuse others is the mental health sate of the people involved in abusing.People with a history of mental illness are not only the victims but in a significant number of cases are the perpetrators themselves(Jessen et al., 2014). These people suffer from anger management issues and low self-esteem issues which lead them to harm their own self and their close ones in acts of rage and depression(Maaskant et al., 2014). Their loneliness makes them do things out of their own conscience and strips them of their thinking
All three processes are interlinked together, potentially evoking a highly emotive response whether the death was expected or sudden (Alexander and Klein, 2012). Grief can manifest itself in a number of different ways including physical, psychological and emotional responses to name a few. Costello (2012) and supported by Malkinson (1996) suggests that there is an expectation that there will be various stages of grief such as the five stages of grief model (Kübler-Ross and Kessler, 2005), but the extent to which an individual experiences grief can also affect the individuals’ experience of being bereaved. Costello (2012) discusses ‘complicated grief’; an umbrella term used to group together a number of various forms of grief such as pathological, abnormal and absent grief. Costello (2012, p.93) also asserts that there is no distinction between what would be classed as ‘normal’ and ‘abnormal’.
LOSS, GRIEF AND HEALING As human beings, we suffer losses of many kinds and sizes in our life time. While some of these losses are small and do not hurt much, some are big and hurt deeply. Those that are accompanied by pains that are difficult to bear include the loss of a loved one through death or divorce, cheating or unfaithfulness in a trusted relationship or loss of good health when a diagnosis of a terminal illness is made. In all these instances of loss, pain and grief are experienced and an emotional wound is created which needs healing. To be able to know how to deal with the losses that are discussed in the following chapters, it is important to have a clearer understanding of loss and grief and how to cope with grief following a loss and achieve healing.
As Individual feeling of despairs and culture might affect the tendency of suicide. Culture provides a set of rules and standards that are shared by members of a society. These rules and standards shape and determine the range of appropriate behavior. (Takahashi, 2001) 1. Internal Factors Patients who are aware on the feelings of despair, hopelessness, and worthlessness also require special attention.
Grief and Loss Grief has a powerful effect on everyone’s lives. The heartbreaking feeling of losing someone close to you, like a family member or a significant other, alters how we view ourselves and act. Sometimes coping methods cause people to do things and make choices that they usually would not. This is illustrated in the films, The United States of Leland and The Fundamentals of Caring, where grief and loss are very prominent themes. The negatives and the positives are easily seen in grief and the full story always comes out after.
Crisis Events: The major changes that come to life: the death of close friends or family, a job loss, marriage failure, or financial crisis can trigger emotional upheavals and distress. 5. Overwhelming Stress: Circumstances that cause heavy frustration, enormous pressure, excessive demands, and moral conf lict can lead to emotional instability. How Do We Maintain Emotional Health and Wellness? 1.
Daily there are people who suffer from so many things. People suffer from illness, depression, or some form of disease that may be hard to live with. Some of these people just cannot stand to live anymore and request euthanasia. Justin Healey says explains “Euthanasia derives from the Greek for ‘eu’ (easy, good) and ‘thanatos’ (death) and refers to the practice of intentionally ending a life in order to relieve pain and suffering” (Justin Healey, 2013, pg. 1).