Secondary trauma or Vicarious Trauma can occur when you see or hear a traumatic event. The trauma does not affect you directly, but you feel its effects. This is NOT a sign of weakness–it is normal to be affected by graphic descriptions of victimization or suffering when you really care about others. People who work directly with trauma can also experience secondary trauma. Nurses, physicians, emergency workers, therapists are all at risk for secondary trauma.
This week, Kimberly Sena Moore will return to talk about secondary trauma and how to take care of yourself.