Overextending the Overextended: Burnout Potential in Health-Care Professionals, Psychologists, Patients, and Family Members

  • A nurse providing care on the intensive care unit for children complains of debilitating headaches and is becoming increasingly socially isolated and detached from others.

  • A pediatrician is suffering from insomnia and days of vacation do not appear to alleviate symptoms of anxiety or sadness.

  • A mother of a child who survived a brain tumor is experiencing problems in her marriage and fears that the tumor will come back. She frequently worries about her child’s capacity to have meaningful relationships and a fulfilling career as an adult.

  • An adolescent living with type 1 diabetes for 8 years has become lax in his diabetes management and feels hopeless about the future.

  • A psychologist assisting families with chronically ill adolescents feels powerless to change behavior and improve outcomes outside of her control and frequently experiences intrusive thoughts about her patients.


Diabetes Care Emotional Exhaustion Chronic Health Condition Mindfulness Meditation Compassion Fatigue 
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of NevadaRenoUSA

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