Psychological Trauma: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Spirituality

Volume 26
Summer 1998
Psychological Trauma: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Spirituality

Traumatic life events impact the body, self-structure, and soul of the survivor. Accordingly, the authors submit that overwhelmingly traumatic events adversely affect not only the psychological dimension of the self but also the faith systems and spirituality, which give meaning to one'€™s life. This article examines the effect of severe trauma and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) on human spirituality and faith. The psychological trauma caused by natural disasters, accidental disasters, disasters of human origin, and violence often leaves the spiritual domain in disarray. The article offers practical considerations for mental health practitioners and pastoral counselors from whom the victims of severe trauma seek help. Since various religions and belief systems can facilitate recovery from significant psychological trauma and PTSD, the authors encourage those who respond to victims of trauma to develop a holistic model of treatment designed to revitalize, transform, and heal their clients.

T.A. Moran and Dr. J.P. Wilson
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