Post-Traumatic Soul Distress
Community seminar on Veterans Day, Tuesday November 11, 2014. 7:00p to 8:30p. Veterans, their families, and members of the community invited.
Hosted by Dr. Fuhr at the Executive Plaza Building, 9041 Executive Park Drive, near Cedar Bluff in west Knoxville. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 in Suite 104.
We will explore the perspective of PTSD as a soul wound, or moral injury, drawing on the work of Dr. Edward Tick. Dr. Tick considers the profound impact of psychological trauma on soldiers as well as the importance of spiritual reconnection as part of their healing journey toward what many call "traumatic growth." Please contact Dr. Fuhr with any questions or for more information, 865.244.0888, firstname.lastname@example.org.
From Tick's 2005 text:
Rather than shrink PTSD into the narrow category of stress disorder, we need a complex, multi-leveled understanding of it that includes seeing it as a normative response to extraordinary conditions… The diagnosis of anxiety disorder wrongly assumes a pathological distortion that we can treat or medicate back into normalcy... “Post-traumatic stress disorder” is our modern metaphor for the condition of soul sickness...
Warriors need elaborate rituals cleansing them of pain and stain. They need to express their stories and related feelings. They need to transfer responsibility for their violent actions to the society in whose name they acted. Whenever the warrior class is denied such ritual cleansing and storytelling, the war stays “locked in our heads,” as many vets testify... Without this transfer of responsibility, the veteran becomes the nation's scapegoat and carries its secret grief and guilt for all of us.