For Experts

  • 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.