post-traumatic stress disorder

noun

Definition of post-traumatic stress disorder

: a psychological reaction occurring after experiencing a highly stressing event (such as wartime combat, physical violence, or a natural disaster) that is usually characterized by depression, anxiety, flashbacks, recurrent nightmares, and avoidance of reminders of the event abbreviation PTSD

called also post-traumatic stress syndrome

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The boom of fireworks on July Fourth can be a terrifying trigger for anyone with post-traumatic stress disorder. Cindy Krischer Goodman, sun-sentinel.com, "Holiday fireworks can be a terrible trigger for those with PTSD," 4 July 2019 Workers’ compensation benefits now cover police officers and firefighters diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after witnessing an unnerving event in the line of duty. Russell Blair, courant.com, "8 new Connecticut laws that begin July 1," 1 July 2019 The specific case before the justices challenged the Department of Veterans Affairs' refusal to pay retroactive disability benefits to a Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War with post-traumatic stress disorder. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Supreme Court won't strip federal agencies of power to interpret regulations, a top priority of conservatives," 26 June 2019 Some have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. Claire Galofaro, The Seattle Times, "Moms of the dead from drugs: “Where is the outrage for us?”," 29 Jan. 2019 The Ruderman Family Foundation, a private philanthropic organization, found last year that post-traumatic stress disorder and depression rates among police officers and firefighters are as much as five times higher than for civilians. NBC News, "Fourth NYPD officer suicide in 3 weeks a reminder of 'combustible' situation," 30 June 2019 Meanwhile, atrophy in that part of the brain is linked to devastating conditions, including post-traumatic stress disorder and Alzheimer’s disease. M.r. O'connor |, Twin Cities, "M.R. O’Connor: Here’s what gets lost when we rely on GPS," 7 June 2019 Children of immigrants face post-traumatic stress disorder and other adverse health outcomes. Natascha Uhlmann, Teen Vogue, "How Activists Can Fight Back Against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)," 13 May 2019 Ames told court officials that he's been diagnosed in the past with post-traumatic stress disorder and schizophrenia. Maxine Bernstein, OregonLive.com, "Unprovoked attack on woman, 78, leads to arrest in NE Portland," 13 Apr. 2018

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post-traumatic stress disorder

noun

English Language Learners Definition of post-traumatic stress disorder

medical : a mental condition that can affect a person who has had a very shocking or difficult experience (such as fighting in a war) and that is usually characterized by depression, anxiety, etc.

post-traumatic stress disorder

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Medical Definition of post-traumatic stress disorder

: a psychological reaction that occurs after experiencing a highly stressing event (as wartime combat, physical violence, or a natural disaster) outside the range of normal human experience and that is usually characterized by depression, anxiety, flashbacks, recurrent nightmares, and avoidance of reminders of the event abbreviation PTSD

called also delayed-stress disorder, delayed-stress syndrome, post-traumatic stress syndrome

— compare combat fatigue

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