When someone close to us experiences a trauma, and we develop similar symptoms, it can be referred to as “Secondary PTSD.” It is being researched heavily in the military field, as professionals are finding family members reacting with similar thoughts, feelings and behaviors when their loved one experiences PTSD. Symptoms can overlap with the trauma victim; these can include hypervigilance, irritability, nightmares, difficulty sleeping, difficulty concentrating, etc. If someone you know has experienced a trauma, and you notice that you are being affected by it like this, it is important to recognize that this is very common and treatable. Seeking help is very important. Some helpful interventions include therapy (individual and family) and support groups. Call us today (215-487-1330) to learn more about our therapeutic services for treating trauma in adults and children with trained clinicians.
Author: Jessica Harpel, M.S.