Secondary Trauma and Compassion Fatigue: Ideas for Relief and Healing

Irritable. Withdrawn. Moody. Exhausted to the bone. These are just a few of the signs you or someone you care about might be suffering from compassion fatigue or secondary or vicarious trauma. It’s a tough, lonely place to be, and because of the way trauma affects the brain, it can be hard for people to

7 great apps for stress, burnout, and trauma (one for parents too!)

Like a mad scientist, I researched, downloaded, and experimented. Then I tinkered and tested. Finally, I came up with this list of really great apps. Each app offers something slightly different, and, all together, they run the gamut from dealing with traumatic stress, daily life stress, PTSD, parenting stress, and burnout and compassion fatigue. They’re

Does listening to bird songs help lower stress and fatigue?

We can’t escape it. We can’t outrun it. Some people turn to Ben & Jerry for help. Others zone out to Law & Order. For many, tablets, smartphones, and laptops bring needed relief. Stress. Fatigue. Life is full of it – financial strains, work pressures, raising children, relationships, and health problems, to name a few. If you

Secondary Trauma and Relationships: A First Step Toward Healing

Regular exposure to trauma and suffering changes you. It not only changes you, but the people closest to you, too. Over time, as they are trying to understand and help, they, like you, may also begin to struggle with secondary trauma. Not knowing what to do or how to best help you may leave them