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Applied Ethics in Mental Health CareAn Interdisciplinary Reader$
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Dominic A. Sisti, Arthur L. Caplan, and Hila Rimon-Greenspan

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780262019682

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262019682.001.0001

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Sanctity of Human Life in War: Ethics and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

Sanctity of Human Life in War: Ethics and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

(p.125) 9 Sanctity of Human Life in War: Ethics and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
Applied Ethics in Mental Health Care

James A. Beshai

Richard J. Tushup

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This reflective paper focuses on the moral and ethical difficulties medical care providers meet in applying DSM-IV criteria of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in therapy and in Compensation and Pension Examinations. Providers may be less interested in articulating a philosophy of life or their own ontology than about documenting care for the patient or providing effective management of symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The veteran comes for assessment or therapy after an embodiment of war conflicts. Examiners and therapists spend time in clinical judgments and ethical consideration. Ethical decisions involve the sanctity of human life and the distinction made between acceptable civil and war behavior. Insight into the conflicting values found in the veterans’ struggle to cope with the stress of war is needed.

Keywords:   Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD, trauma

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