Many around the world are exposed to the so -called stress resulting from the secondary shock, or the exhaustion of the indirect shock, which are terms used to describe the phenomena in which the individual indirectly affected by a bad experience to others, such as road accidents that are not a party, or news of wars and natural disasters Regional disputes or work in a field that requires follow -up or engaging in accidents and crises faced by other people such as the fields of relief and health care or the provision of psychological assistance to disaster victims, courts and laws and covering news of wars and accidents, which is also called exhaustion of sympathy and mercy.
A study of the National Child Shock Network (American Organization) indicates that 50% of children’s care workers are highly at risk of secondary shock or post -traumatic conditions. Any professional works directly with children with psychological shocks, and is in a position that allows him to listen to the narration of shocking experiments, is at risk of secondary infection as well.
According to a report of the psychological site, the symptoms of secondary shock can vary and may include:
- Feeling of despair and frustration.
- the irony.
- Desire to isolation.
- Severe reflections in painful images and sorrows.
- Feeling tired.
- feeling guilty.
- Organic, unjustified physical pain.
- Although everyone is exposed to painful events in different images all the time, there are some annoying situations that threaten the individual’s sense of safety.
According to a study conducted by the Cedran Institute, USA, USA, 7.3% of all PTSDs in adults developing as a result of watching another person who is traumatic.
Secondary shock factors
The psychotherapist Dr. Amir Levin believes that there are 3 main factors that increase exposure to the effect of secondary shocks.
Exclusive technological communication through digital and social media
And exposure to the frightening news stories around the world, and here it is not intended to avoid following newsletters and communication sites, but extensive exposure to painful accidents contributes to the development of post -traumatic symptoms.
Disasters impose themselves in recent years
Living in an era characterized by natural disasters, wars and political instability creates an intertwined environment of fear and impotence, which many feel that the danger is inevitably coming, and that a catastrophe that occurs in the farthest country may be reflected in our personal conditions in some
Technological tangles and real isolation
Although we are technologically interconnected as it did not happen before, we are at the same time separate, isolated and unusual only. Technological migrations and developments have led to deep emotional and social separation and isolation.
According to the report of the global social media situation that was conducted in 142 countries in 2023, 51% of people reported that they feel lonely, while 21% feel intense lonely. The unit is a risk factor for the development of emotional shock and may affect a person’s ability to flexibility in the face of shock
Premium strategies for prevention
It is not necessary to wait until exposure to the effects of secondary shocks, especially for those who work in the areas of relief and provide support to the victims, as they should be aware of the symptoms of trauma stress by developing awareness of possible symptoms. Knowing what to monitor allows intervention and symptoms to treat before they become deeper.
- Body care: Through a healthy diet and exercise, they may help get rid of the painful content that individuals are exposed to in their daily or professional lives.
- Feeding the mind with a healthy and positive content: it may reduce the effects of indirect shocks while directing attention to the calming content of the nervous system, while reducing the time of exposure to the digital and social media, as well as cautiousness about the potential effect of the information consumed daily.
- Evangelization of the body and the mind: our nervous systems tend to be more vulnerable to the effects of shock when we feel drain and exhaustion. Therefore, it is necessary to fortify the body and mind by engaging in activities that support a feeling of vitality, and focus on self -care, as appropriate sleep is a way to protect the body from attrition.
- Diary: Daily Writing as the development of an active dialogue with ideas and feelings to enhance flexibility in the face of psychological trauma, and a strong recovery means, significantly affect the body’s response to psychological pressure, and then improve mood, sleep and immunity.