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 In humans, deprivation can trigger psychiatric issues, including depression, anxiety, mood disorders or post-traumatic stress disorder. Bob Jacobs, The Conversation, "The neural cruelty of captivity: Keeping large mammals in zoos and aquariums damages their brains," 24 Sep. 2020 Dispensaries like Curaleaf are working to get those products out to the hundreds of thousands of patients seeking help for conditions such as cancer, post-traumatic stress disorder and other illnesses. Austin Fuller, orlandosentinel.com, "Medical marijuana chocolates, cookies and gels hit the dispensary shelves in Florida," 21 Sep. 2020 The advance could allow researchers to get a sense of how the brain works outside of a laboratory—and how to monitor diseases such as Parkinson’s and post-traumatic stress disorder in real-world settings. Rebekah Tuchscherer, Science | AAAS, "Brain-scanning backpack brings neuroscience into the real world," 18 Sep. 2020 Danforth and Harvard psychologist Andrew Reece, for example, analyzed the Twitter posts of people with formal diagnoses of depression or post-traumatic stress disorder that were written prior to the diagnosis (with consent of participants). Dana Mackenzie, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Algorithms Discern Our Mood From What We Write Online," 17 Sep. 2020 Mississippi Initiative 65, which resulted from a citizen petition, would allow physicians to recommend medical cannabis for patients with any of 22 qualifying conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis and post-traumatic stress disorder. Alicia Wallace, CNN, "These states are voting on cannabis legalization this November," 12 Sep. 2020 Mental Health America created an assessment tool for family caregivers to identify issues like depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. Alison Bowen, chicagotribune.com, "Young adults, people of color and unpaid caregivers face increased mental health risks 6 months into pandemic," 11 Sep. 2020 Previous studies have documented upticks in depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental illnesses in the wake of traumatic events. oregonlive, "Signs of depression have tripled since coronavirus pandemic arrived in U.S.," 3 Sep. 2020 Liddy’s defense team pointed to post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety — stemming partly from severe injuries suffered in a blast during a decorated career in the Marine Corps — as contributing to his conduct. Kristina Davis, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Former state prosecutor gets probation in child-porn case," 2 Sep. 2020

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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 20 Oct. 2020.

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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

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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