OSI Information WHAT IS AN OSI?

An Operational Stress Injury is any persistent psychological difficulty resulting from operations in the military. Those operational duties can include training incidents, domestic operations and international operations.
Persistent psychological difficulties:
Possible experiences and behaviours:
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Sleep disorders
  • Other conditions  - e.g. addictions (substance or behavioral), anger issues
  • Lethargic or lacking energy
  • Loss of passion or enthusiasm
  • Struggle to maintain daily activities
  • Hypervigilant or fear of large groups
  • Optimism has turned to pessimism
  • Anger and aggression

Possible Contributors to an OSI

There are different factors and experiences that may contribute to an OSI. Four possible contributors are: Trauma, Fatigue, Grief, and Moral Injury. A person’s experience of an OSI may come from a single area of impact or may be a combination of any of these contributors. Here are some examples for each contributor:
Trauma or Impact Injury
IED explosion 
Training accident
Witnessing an incident
Fatigue or Wear and Tear
Burnout back home
Being responsible for the safety of other people 
Multiple tours/taskings
Grief Injury
Loss of people you knew
Anticipatory loss
Loss of “normal”; loss of previous self
Losing the partner they knew before
Moral Injury or Loss
Witnessing an event but being unable to help
Guilt and shame; things that weren’t done
Having no control
Moral injury is a loss injury; a disruption in our trust that occurs within our moral values and beliefs. Any events, action or inaction transgressing our moral/ethical beliefs, expectations and standards can set the stage for moral injury. (Moral Injury, CAMH, 2017). To learn more about moral injury, click here

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