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During a crime scene investigation, emotional stress is always there and claims many victims among the investigators. The emotional stress of looking at dead bodies or parts of bodies is stressful or worse is looking at the bodies of dead children. These remind the crime scene investigators of their own children or families or just the sheer horror of what people will do to other human beings. The stress of trying to find every piece of evidence so that nothing is missed is also another kind of emotional stress because of the pressure to be perfect and miss nothing in order to solve the crime. The emotional stress of worrying that someone else may be hurt or die is another huge stress for investigators as is the urgency of preventing another attack. Think of the stress of the investigators in Boston trying to solve and catch the people who would do such a heinous attack on such an innocent group. The emotional stress that the attackers may be around the next corner or blow up the building you are investigating is an emotional powder keg. Emotional stress is one of the most difficult parts of being a crime scene investigator. I realize that these are not necessarily different kinds of emotional stress, but rather different scenarios which produce emotional stress. I feel that emotional stress is just that, but differs in intensity depending on the situation.
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