Glossary of Terms
- Currently not a diagnosis in the DSM or ICD.
- Evolving concept that continues to be discussed among experts.
- One view is that moral injury is a type of psychological trauma characterized by intense guilt, shame, and spiritual crisis.
- Can result from experiencing a significant violation of deeply held moral beliefs, ethical standards, or spiritual beliefs, experiencing a significant betrayal, or witnessing trusted individuals committing atrocities.
- Has been described as an injury to one’s identity (Nash, 2016), core being, spirit, and sense of self that results in fractured relationships (Brémault-Phillips et al. 2019).
For General Public
- Currently not a diagnosis in the DSM or ICD manuals.
- The concept of moral injury is still being debated by experts.
- Thought to be a type of mental health condition that results from a violation of deeply held beliefs and moral values.
- Has been described as an injury to one’s identity, core being, spirit, and sense of self that results in fractured relationships.