Recognizing moral distress in oneself and others2

Type of moral distressYou are feeling distressed because…Common emotionsTrigger phrases
MORAL-CONSTRAINT DISTRESSYou are constrained from doing what you think is the ethically appropriate action.Angry, frustrated, sense of injustice, powerless“I feel like I’m not doing the right thing.”
“I feel like I am complicit in causing suffering.”
MORAL-UNCERTAINTY DISTRESSYou are uncertain about whether you are doing the right thing.Torn, conflicted, uncertain, frustrated“I feel torn about what we should do.”
“I don’t know whether this is the right thing to do.”
MORAL-DILEMMA DISTRESSYou are unable to choose between 2 or more ethically supportable options.Guilt, regret, torn, sense of injustice, sad“I feel like I’m stuck between a rock and a hard place.”
“Both options seem to be equally bad.”
MORAL- CONFLICT DISTRESSYou are conflicted about the most appropriate ethical action.Conflicted, frustrated, angry, sad“I feel like they don’t understand my point of view.”
“I feel like we have different moral perspectives.”
MORAL-TENSION DISTRESSYou are unable to share your beliefs with others (this might include your colleagues, manager, or other providers).Sad, angry, frustrated, powerless“I don’t feel like I can talk to anyone about my beliefs.”