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

Examples of post-traumatic stress disorder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The palace announced ahead of the nuptials that Mako was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder in the wake of negative media coverage. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, 5 Jan. 2022 McGhee was homeless for several years, later diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. Meredith Colias-pete, chicagotribune.com, 16 Dec. 2021 Hall lost part of her spleen and suffers with post-traumatic stress disorder, prosecutors said. Emma Tucker, CNN, 22 Nov. 2021 Still others comfort and calm veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. Kate Santich, orlandosentinel.com, 19 Nov. 2021 Mako was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder this year after their engagement was plagued by a money scandal, intense media scrutiny and the couple’s three-year separation. NBC News, 14 Nov. 2021 Three firefighters have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder within the past year. Ringgold Volunteer Fire And Rescue, USA TODAY, 11 Nov. 2021 In a 2009 study published at PLOS One, researchers found that playing the puzzle game Tetris after viewing a traumatic film could reduce flashbacks in people, lowering the risk of post-traumatic stress disorder. Gina Rich, Wired, 30 Nov. 2021 Mako experienced symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder in the wake of the barrage of negative commentary, her doctors said. Washington Post, 30 Nov. 2021

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1980, in the meaning defined above

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“Post-traumatic stress disorder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/post-traumatic%20stress%20disorder. Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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post-traumatic stress disorder

noun

English Language Learners Definition of post-traumatic stress disorder

: 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

noun

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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