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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States that expanded the use of medical pot for common ailments such as severe pain, post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety saw a boost in enrollment, the AP found. Washington Post, "Promise of marijuana leads scientists on search for evidence," 11 June 2019 States that expanded the use of medical pot for common ailments such as severe pain, post-traumatic stress disorder, and anxiety saw a boost in enrollment, the AP found. Carla K. Johnson, BostonGlobe.com, "Promise of marijuana leads scientists on search for evidence," 11 June 2019 After the Bears’ 2018 season ended with Cody Parkey missing a potential game-winning 43-yard field goal in the final seconds of a 16-15 playoff loss to the Eagles, the post-traumatic stress disorder in Lake Forest remains real. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, "Bears kicking tally on 1st day of minicamp: 3 tries from 40-plus, 3 straight misses. 'Whatever went through your mind went through my mind.'," 11 June 2019 Another change in the workers comp budget bill is a provision allowing police, firefighters and emergency medical workers diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder to be eligible for workers’ comp benefits. Laura Hancock, cleveland.com, "Citizenship question may be added to Ohio workers’ comp claims," 5 June 2019 Worsening mental health: Warmer temperatures, wildfires and air pollution are triggering post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, substance abuse and depression. Isabelle Gerretsen, CNN, "Climate change is seriously threatening human health," 4 June 2019 In the year since the shooting, Aiello had struggled with survivor’s guilt and had recently been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, her mother said. Katie Mettler, The Seattle Times, "Parkland student dies in ‘apparent suicide,’ police say," 24 Mar. 2019 Eventually the couple put a name to their malady: post-traumatic stress disorder. Hannah Fry, latimes.com, "Huntington Beach YMCA worker who survived Las Vegas shooting presents cycling fundraiser for victims of crime and PTSD," 18 May 2018 Adults who were neglected can have symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and significant trauma to resolve. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "Five Types of Parenting Styles, Explained — And How They Affect Kids, According to Experts," 1 Apr. 2019

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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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