Signs of Vicarious Trauma 

Updated: Feb 6, 2020

With help and training from Florida State University, I learned a great detail about Trauma and Resilience and how common it is within the society we live in.

The great part is, trauma is recoverable.

And if you have experience dealing with your own or someone else's post traumatic stress, you must develop a sense of awareness and control of the unresolved personal trauma.

In order for you to develop your warning scale, you need to develop an understanding and an increased awareness of your own symptoms of compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma.

Some of the signs and symptoms of vicarious trauma are as follows:

Hopelessness and feeling incomplete




Decreased ability to focus

Dealing with trauma and injustice is very complexed. It can be experienced as a circumstantial privilege, bringing an added sense of disconnection, in value and feelings of meaningless to our lives. It can also become personally draining, at times and overwhelming and will have you feeling completely lost.

But No worries! There are self care techniques available to help you cope and deal with traumatic replays.

One way is to Maintain a good work-life balance. Taking time off to recharge an as well! Realizing that you NEED to solute must and necessity. Exercising relieves stress. Developing a good workout routine is and important factor that helps increase feel-good endorphins and will improve your outlook on life. Start a meditating! Meditation has many benefits and can assist one with feeling more peaceful, grounded, and content. Social networking and having a good support system in place will always be important, no matter what you are going through, even if you may not being going through anything at all. It's important in order to be able to connect with others in a meaningful way. More importantly, it's to gain clarity and authenticity.

Humor is good medicine when it comes to relieving stress and improving your mood as well! Realizinf that you NEED to Reconnect with Mother Nature. Being out in nature is therapeutic. Get involved with activities outside of work and your business. Take your mind and engage in creative endeavors like painting or writing.

And last but not least, what many people are afraid to do, particularly the Black Community.....GO SEE A THERAPIST! Realize that you NEED to benefit from meeting with a therapist/psychologist, to discuss things you normally wouldn't talk about or even feel comfortable discussing with someone else like a friend or college, or even your spouse. A compassionate therapist can also help put things in perspective and identify additional coping skills. for you to use in case of emergency break down.

Don’t suffer alone. Get help. You deserve it and so do the people who love you.

And if you ever have suicidal or hopeless thoughts?

Remember: No matter how stressful and/or traumatic our lives may feel, it is not a normal cognition to experience suicidal thoughts or prolonged bouts of depression or hopelessness. Please seek help as soon as you notice these symptoms in yourself. If you are worried about confidentiality, or unsure where to turn, please consult online sources of support. There are urgent suicide support hotlines available 24/7.

Please contact the Nation Suicide Prevention Hotline if you ever feel like you want to harm yourself or anyone else for that matter! 1-800-273-8255.

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