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What is Secondary Trauma?

May 31, 2023

(Submitted by Seasons Center)

Secondary Trauma is emotional stress that is a result of witnessing trauma and its effects, hearing about firsthand experiences of trauma, and/or repetitive and constant intake of trauma details.  It is possible that any of us can be subject to secondary trauma, due to life events or possibly even our jobs.  Symptoms are similar to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder—individuals may re-experience the trauma or notice an increase in avoidance reactions.  Other symptoms can include: hopelessness, inability to listen, anger, cynicism, sleeplessness, fear, chronic exhaustion and fatigue, guilt, memory changes, and physical ailments.  If you experience secondary trauma, suggestions for action include: seek adequate supervision, develop a self-care plan, and seek external support, like therapy.

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