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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In addition to holding promise for people suffering from traumatic brain injury and early-onset dementia, this function of cannabis is also of great interest to people with post-traumatic stress disorder, PTSD. chicagotribune.com, "Marijuana makes your brain more plasticky, and that’s a good thing," 22 Aug. 2019 Nobody’s more baffled by the popular misuse of 'triggered' than people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), like me. Janey Starling, refinery29.com, "Why We Need To Stop Using 'Triggered' In The Wrong Context," 21 Aug. 2019 The lab, led by Professor John Hart Jr., is testing a brain-stimulating device that could help people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. Jordan Wilkerson, Dallas News, "UTD lab's marketing challenge: Recruit veterans for PTSD study," 15 Aug. 2019 She was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, an eating disorder, depression and anxiety. Samantha Schmidt, Washington Post, "Federal judge awards over $700,000 to former American University student targeted in neo-Nazi ‘troll storm’," 10 Aug. 2019 Instead, Kandarian came home in 2013 with post-traumatic stress disorder, persistent migraines, damaged knees, and a shoulder that keeps dislocating. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "In a flash of clarity, lives marred by drugs find meaning," 27 July 2019 Over half the country is battling post-traumatic stress disorder, with little in the way of mental health care. Fox News, "More than 100 civilians killed by violence outbreak in South Sudan," 3 July 2019 Of them, four have been diagnosed with various degrees of post-traumatic stress disorder, the same condition affecting many combat veterans, and five are still in therapy. Chris Kaltenbach, baltimoresun.com, "Taking back control: A year later, Capital Gazette shooting survivors putting their lives, hearts back together," 28 June 2019 Along with the physical pain, survivors often suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety and loneliness, Shah said. Jane Tyska, The Mercury News, "Local Richmond domestic abuse survivor helps victim of Ethiopian acid attack," 23 June 2019

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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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