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Strengthening the Chaplain Corps One Servant at a Time
Can Cause a Person tofeel
Shame and Unworthiness
Feelings of overwhelming shame and unworthiness are two devastating symptoms of PTSD in returning vets and underscore the growing incidents of military suicides in the United States.
The onset of these two types of emotional symptoms usually have to do with processing moral issues the soldier either faced or observed in combat situations.
A study conducted by Friedman, and Lindy verify how PTSD related shame typically leads to social detachment.
This fractured self-evaluation may hinder their recovery process and lead to other PTSD symptoms.
The destructive psychological feeling of unworthiness may be connected with an inaccurate recollection of the event causing them to unjustifiably blame self and impairing almost every aspect of their life.
Shame and unworthiness affect the trauma sufferer’s
mental processing causing loss of memory and other memory impairments.
In order to help a veteran with this aspect of PTSD, we need to help the victim with a reconciliation of a their moral, religious, and spiritual beliefs aligned with their view of self.
We need to help them begin a journey of rediscovery of life amid the tragic understanding of life's evils.