War and Memory: Moral Injury & Trauma
In the fourth installment of our series on war and memory we speak with former British Army mental health clinician Christian Hughes on the traumatic impacts of conflict, and explore the relatively new acknowledgment of moral injury. He explains how military training conditions soldiers to respond to traumatic events in ways that may be counterproductive to their mental wellbeing, gives a detailed breakdown of the elements of PTSD – and the more expansive complex post-traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD) – and problematises how PTSD has been framed as a ‘heroes’ injury that only those on the front line of conflict experience.
Christian K Hughes is a psychotherapist who served in the British Army as a mental health clinician. He also worked as a Senior NHS Clinician in a Complex Treatment Team and has a special interest in PTSD, trauma and moral injury.
You can find out more about his work here.
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