Empath Fatigue (also known as Compassion Fatigue or Vicarious Stress Disorder) is a stress-related condition in which you stop being able to empathise with people. Your eagerness to help and be an active listener is substituted by overwhelm, exhaustion, depression, anxiety or even tearfulness for no apparent reason. You feel confused and most of all guilty for not being able to keep giving to other people as you used to. It's like you are not you anymore, and you don't even understand why. You just know something is not right and people who are on the receiving end start complaining about your lack of attention and giving.