“Unlike PTSD, secondary traumatic stress doesn’t have its own entry in the DSM, though the manual does take note of it, as do many peer-reviewed studies and the Department of Veterans Affairs.”


Secondary traumatic stress does not have its own category like PTSD. The manual does not cover all topics.

Secondary traumatic stress is not considered as important as PTSD.

 PTSD is held at a higher rate.

“Symptoms start at depression and alienation, including the “compassion fatigue” suffered by social workers and trauma counselors.”


Depression and alienation are only some of the symptoms.

Physical and emotional exhaustion is experienced by those who are there to provide help to people with PTSD.

Symptoms of those with PTSD can be passed on to others causing secondary traumatic stress.

“But some spouses and loved ones suffer symptoms that are, as one medical journal puts it, “almost identical to PTSD except that indirect exposure to the traumatic event through close contact with the primary victim of trauma” is the catalyst.”


People who spend a lot of time around those with PTSD experienced the same symptoms.

It is not physically as contagious as touching someone and giving them PTSD but more of mentally transferring it.

 “Basically your spouse’s behavior becomes the “T” in your own PTSD.


Close loved ones take a part of the PTSD and make it into their own mental illness.

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