This story has to be a joke,right? Are they seriously trying to convince Americans that Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan was just tired of hearing soldiers stories about returning from wars and finally snapped? No . . . sorry. I didn’t just fall off of the turnip truck. I guess we are all supposed to believe that his religious beliefs had nothing to so with this. Geez, the media reported today that before the shootings, Hasan was seen wandering about preaching and handing out copies of the Koran. Only in America can a terrorist join the military and kill U.S. soldiers. JD
Health experts say they are hardly astonished that the suspect in the worst mass murder ever at a U.S. military base is an Army psychiatrist — the very person who is supposed to be helping soldiers deal with the traumatic stress of war.
Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, suspected of gunning down 13 and wounding 30 at the Fort Hood Army Post in Texas, treated soldiers at the Darnall Army Medical Center there after being transferred in July from the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where he had worked for six years.
Dr. Robin Kerner, an attending psychologist who specializes in disaster anxiety at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital in New York City, said it’s not uncommon for individuals who work with traumatized patients to suffer the effects of “compassion fatigue.”
“This guy was counseling people coming back from war and there is something called secondary traumatization, where the therapist gets traumatized from hearing all the terrible things that have happened to the people they counsel,” Kerner told FoxNews.com.
The problem, she said, is that when this happens, many mental health professionals do not properly take care of themselves.
“There are a lot of things professionals who are working with trauma patients need to do in terms of self-care so as not to get traumatized themselves,” she said. “Oftentimes, workers are so focused on helping others that they neglect to take care of themselves. The bottom line — we don’t take our own advice.”