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 canonical example is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), in which searing experiences rewire the brain in ways that produce lingering trauma. Rob Reid, Ars Technica, "Ars on your lunch break: Repairing your brain with video games," 10 Oct. 2018 Studies have shown that children who are separated from their parents can suffer from anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as exhibit behavioral problems and poor educational outcomes. New York Times, "Breaking Up Immigrant Families: A Look at the Latest Border Tactic," 12 May 2018 The case arose when the VA denied benefits to James Kisor, who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. Peter J. Wallison, WSJ, "The Supreme Court May Begin to Tame the Administrative State," 13 Dec. 2018 Ultimately, the analysis involved 25 conditions, including MDD, autism, epilepsy, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and migraine. Emily Willingham, Scientific American, "Analysis of a Million-Plus Genomes Points to Blurring Lines Among Brain Disorders," 22 June 2018 Catto said her niece, Catie Krakow, was inside the building during the shootings and is suffering post-traumatic stress disorder. Ron Hurtibise, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Question of trauma will be key for dividing Parkland shooting fund," 11 Apr. 2018 Supporters of legalization repeatedly made the argument that cannabis is a medicine that helps many people, especially the elderly, cancer patients, and veterans and others suffering post-traumatic stress disorder. Phil Diehl, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Oceanside OKs commercial medical cannabis cultivation," 29 Mar. 2018 Daryl’s publicist, Harlan Boll, requests that any donations made in Daryl's name be to organizations researching brain diseases and conditions like Parkinson’s Disease or post-traumatic stress disorder. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Captain and Tennille's Toni Tennille Reflects on 'Captain' Daryl Dragon After His Death," 3 Jan. 2019 Following the bombing after one of her concerts in Manchester, England in 2017, Grande has been open about her struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety. Tess Kornfeld, Glamour, "Ariana Grande Says 'Therapy Has Saved My Life'," 5 Nov. 2018

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post-traumatic stress disorder

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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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