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compassion fatigue

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  1. fatigue, emotional distress, or apathy resulting from the constant demands of caring for others or from constant appeals from charities: compassion fatigue experienced by doctors and nurses.
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Origin of compassion fatigue

1980–85, Americanism
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British Dictionary definitions for compassion fatigue

compassion fatigue

noun
  1. the inability to react sympathetically to a crisis, disaster, etc, because of overexposure to previous crises, disasters, etc
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