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Beyond the Breaking Point: Examining the Pieces of Counselor Burnout, Compassion Fatigue, and Secondhand Depression
Steve T. Hunter
The main purpose of this article is to introduce and define a new term: secondhand depression. Key aspects related to secondhand depression will be examined in order to distinguish it from other similar concepts (i.e., burnout and compassion fatigue). The article will also address how burnout and compassion fatigue contribute to secondhand depression. The final purpose of this article is to not only provide recommendations for counselors to be proactive in regard to self-care, but also suggest ways to move toward wholeness and health for those who have gone —beyond the breaking point.
Keywords: self-care, burnout, compassion fatigue, depression