Defining and differentiating moral injury's key features

David William Alexander
2018 Mental Health and Addiction Research  
Although great efforts have been made in recent decades to bring attention to the moral injury discourse as a complementary paradigm to psychiatry in understanding and treating severe forms of combat veteran disorientation, and although a number of treatments for moral injury how now been developed and are under assessment, the discourse is still often ignored, underappreciated, and misunderstood by many professional caregivers. The author contends that this underappreciation can be partly
more » ... can be partly attributed to a poorly-developed internal nosology. This article offers a suggestion for strengthening the development of key, differentiated features within the moral injury discourse, beginning with the author's own experience and categorization of unusual veteran features which cannot be cleanly categorized within the existing spectra of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
doi:10.15761/mhar.1000164 fatcat:xjrzjlc7ine3nblgxcieneyan4