Compassionate Caring: Prachi’s Opinion on Corona impact on Healthcare Professionals

“This is the single most important factor to remember if you want to save yourself from vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue, keep the boundary between yourself and your patients very clear.” 

During the COVID-19 outbreak, healthcare professionals are going through a lot of physical and mental exhaustion. Prachi Vaish, a Clinical psychologist, highlights the anxiety that these healthcare professionals face, especially during such a crisis.

“Do not get emotionally attached to your patients… It is not your job to provide reassurance to everyone… Your responsibility is only to do what you can, and do it best”

Compassion fatigue is the burnout felt by healthcare professionals after caring for a very long time in their life. As they continue to work tirelessly, it gets difficult for them to identify  compassion fatigue. Vicarious trauma is another psychological issue, which she explains as a negative change that occurs within these professionals as they witness and engage with other people’s suffering and needs. As medical practitioners, a lot of emotional support is expected by the patients, which can lead to filling up their emotional cup. When healthcare professionals get emotionally attached to their patient, they suffer from vicarious trauma without even experiencing any sort of trauma themselves.

“When you go home, do not take your work with you even in your mind… Spend time with your family” 

Prachi focuses on how these conditions can be identified by simple signs like frequent headaches and irritability, feeling of exhaustion both physically and mentally. Recognizing signs of compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma is a step towards recovery.  She also shares a few tips on how healthcare practitioners can avoid these conditions by mindfully setting boundaries, not taking the workplace to their respective homes and spending time with friends other than colleagues. She also addresses the major fear faced by these practitioners of being the carriers of these infections and being a threat to their family.

About Prachi:

Prachi Vaish is a licensed Clinical Psychologist. She has been working in the field of mental health and Clinical Psychology for the last 13 years and started India’s first online psychological therapy portal Hopenetwork.in in 2009.

Her expertise includes personality disorders, trauma recovery and other areas.

If you can identify with this story, please share it with others who care for someone and help them share too. The feeling of understanding, not being alone and access to support is what keeps caregivers going.  

As a healthcare professional, sharing your opinion helps reflect and influence the healthcare system at large. You can help bring back care into healthcare for the patients, fellow professionals and the family caregivers. Our experiences and hopes can benefit others – to know that the challenges are the same, learn new ways to cope and care… they aren’t alone but part of a team.

Spread the love and share your caregiver stories Click Here 

If caregiver support resonates with you then please donate to our cause. Click here

Background Score: Dikshant Nangia and Siddhanth Singh

Video Edited By: Aditi Vinayan

© 2019 Caregiver Saathi . All Rights Reserved.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *