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PTSD: There is help for patients—and providers

PTSD occurs after a person experiences or witnesses a highly stressful or upsetting event. Patients can also develop PTSD secondhand, from close contact with people who’ve also undergone the trauma. That’s particularly true for healthcare providers, who often find themselves working in the aftermath of terrible disasters and feel it’s their job to push aside their own issues for the patient, says Barbara C. Burt, Psy.D., program chair for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Phoenix.

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