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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Many studies have found elevated rates of post-traumatic stress disorder among nurses, firefighters and paramedics. Heidi De Marco, chicagotribune.com, "The other victims: first responders to horrific disasters often suffer in solitude," 13 July 2018 Medical specialists worry that aside from physical ailments, the boys could experience anxiety, panic attacks, recurrent nightmares, phobias, or other symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder in the short or long term. Navaon Siradapuvadol And Mike Ives, BostonGlobe.com, "Soccer Players and Their Coach Are on the Mend, Thailand Says," 12 July 2018 Medical specialists worry that aside from physical ailments, the boys could experience anxiety, panic attacks, recurrent nightmares, phobias or other symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder in the short or long term. New York Times, "Soccer Players and Their Coach Are on the Mend, Thailand Says," 11 July 2018 The brains of children who have experienced such a breach appear to become hypervigilant to threats — a hallmark of post-traumatic stress disorder. Melissa Healy, latimes.com, "The long-lasting health effects of separating children from their parents at the U.S. border," 20 June 2018 Kappes, who began his Navy career during the 1980s in San Diego, estimated that 80 percent of participants suffer from some form of post-traumatic stress disorder. Bryce Miller, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Powerful lesson at Wounded Warrior Tennis Camp: 'I'm not alone'," 8 May 2018 Beyond physical ailments, Dr. Soon said, the boys could eventually experience anxiety, panic attacks, recurrent nightmares, phobias or other symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. New York Times, "Freed From Thai Cave, Boys May Still Face Health Problems," 10 July 2018 Among the most debilitating effects is post-traumatic stress disorder. William Wan, chicagotribune.com, "Sexual harassment can make victims physically sick, studies reveal," 8 Feb. 2018 Among the most debilitating effects is post-traumatic stress disorder. William Wan, Washington Post, "Sex harassment can make victims physically sick, studies reveal," 8 Feb. 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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