Conflating Moral Injury

Moral injury does not manifest in corporeal responses such as hyper startle reactions that you see in PTSD. Moreover, PTSD and moral injury tend to be comorbid, not casual. This is not to say that an external stimuli, such as a bomb blowing up a market doesn’t cause one to think or repress thoughts like “what the hell are we doing here?” of course one can stimulate the other, but that a is not caused by b.

Unfortunately, this article does both. If interested in exploring the definition of moral injury and how it differs from PTSD i recommend Jonathon Shay and Edward Tick’s foundational works. I’d also be remiss if I didn’t mention Robert Meagher’s work. Read the article I disagree with her and see if we agree:

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