Research Paper: PTSD and Spirituality

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[. . .] Different people cope with stress and trauma in different ways. Many people do so in whole or in part by calling out to the god they believe in and hospitals should not steer them away from that if that is indeed what they want and believe in. However, not everyone is religious or spiritual and it should never be assumed that the patients "need" to be ministered to when it is evident that they do not want it or if it's unclear if they even do want it. This would hold true even for religion-driven hospitals like those of the Jews and the Catholics. Indeed, the first focus should be on patient care, both in terms of expediency and quality. The second major thing that should be focused on is the involvement and visiting of friends and family. This can lift the spirits of the patient and will tend to be less lonely. Faith-based tactics have been shown to have a positive effect on perceptions and mood. Given that, if a hospital has a system in place to take advantage of those perceived gains, then this is all well and good. However, it should not be extended unless it is clear that the patient desires it. If the family says one thing and the patient says another, then the patient should be listened to. Family members with good and/or religious intentions may mean well but it is the patient whose opinion ultimately matters most. Finally, people that feel the need to minister to visitors or patients unsolicited need to dial back their behavior as ministering uninvited during a person's time of need and pain is not classy and it is not right. In fact, it could ultimately backfire for that person's spirituality. Some may not mind that but any pastor or other clergy member should care about that if they are as well-intentioned as they tend to state. However, a person decides to cope is their business but there are always options they can consider.


Any realistic and appropriate means that a person can use to cope with their challenges both minor and major should be embraced and not shunned. Spirituality and religion is one such way that works for many but is ignored or shunned by others. It should be a potential tool in the toolbox but it should not be used in a scorched earth fashion. People that have been traumatized and are at least temporarily unable to weather the storm do not want or need anything else complicating their recover or life.


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