But there is a major difference, says Veteran Affairs’ Zeiss, between a therapist being moved by combat horror stories and being traumatized by them — though it can happen. “Psychiatrists are trained to notice their own reactions and emotions, and if there’s something hard to deal with, they should turn to their peers,” she says. But according to some news reports, Hasan’s unprofessional conduct was red-flagged early on; at Walter Reed he was given a poor performance report, but that did not hinder his transfer to Fort Hood.