Psychiatrist Examines Moral Dimensions Of PTSD.

In an op-ed for USA Today (11/12), Warren Kinghorn, MD, a psychiatrist at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Durham, NC, said veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are dealing with more than a medical problem. Kinghorn said VA and other healthcare systems “need adequate resources to provide medical and psychiatric care for returning combat veterans. But perhaps even more than good medical care, veterans need individuals and communities who will commit to walk patiently alongside them, allowing them to tell their stories if and when they are ready to do so, even when these stories are distressing or complex or unbearably sad.” Veterans, Kinghorn said, “need a civilian culture that refuses to distance itself from them either through reflexive condemnation or, more commonly, through reflexive valorization.”

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— “Column: PTSD, the moral dimensions, “Warren Kinghorn, USA TODAY, November 11, 2012.

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