The Atlantic – Healing a Wounded Sense of Morality

October 26th, 2015 Posted by Articles, Resources No Comment yet

Maggie Puniewska, writing for The Atlantic, provides an in depth look at moral injury and various efforts to help veterans heal.

“Moral injury is its own separate trauma with symptoms that can include feelings of shame, guilt, betrayal, regret, anxiety, anger, self-loathing, and self-harm. Last year, a study published in Traumatology found that military personnel who felt conflicted about the ‘rightness’ or ‘wrongness’ of a combat situation were at an increased risk for suicidal thoughts and behavior afterwards, compared with their peers who didn’t have that same sense of ambiguity. The main difference between the two combat-induced traumas is that moral injury is not about the loss of safety, but the loss of trust—in oneself, in others, in the military, and sometimes in the nation as a whole.”

Click here to read the entire article on the Atlantic’s website.

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