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 One of the children placed at Courtland in early 2018 was a 15-year-old boy named Hunter, a former foster child with post-traumatic stress disorder who’d been abused. NBC News, "A profitable 'death trap': Sequel youth facilities raked in millions while accused of abusing children," 16 Dec. 2020 The sunflower lanyard signals that someone may need more help for a host of reasons, including low vision, hearing loss, autism and post-traumatic stress disorder. Kerri Westenberg, Star Tribune, "MSP airport adds program for travelers with hidden disabilities," 28 Nov. 2020 Left unaddressed, grief can morph into depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder, which makes finding a supportive community essential for our well-being. Juli Fraga, Wired, "Twitch Support Groups Are an Unlikely Source of Solace," 5 Oct. 2020 Ragos, who was later revealed to be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, was also shot point blank after an argument with police on allegedly violating quarantine restrictions. Washington Post, "Philippine cop shoots dead mother and son on camera, reigniting nation’s debate over police impunity," 21 Dec. 2020 The family’s attorneys, Thomas Petrov and Jennifer Cohen, said in the lawsuit that Wiertella told jail officers about his medical conditions, which included post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression and sleep apnea, as well as diabetes. John Caniglia, cleveland, "Father files wrongful-death suit against Lake County, alleging jail officials failed to provide medical treatment for his son," 14 Dec. 2020 Suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, his father had nightmares that haunted him for years. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "The son of an Iraq War veteran designed an app to stop his dad's PTSD nightmares," 13 Dec. 2020 The trauma of separation, especially for children under five, can cause long-term impacts on health and well-being, including post-traumatic stress disorder, heart disease and diabetes. Lucy Bassett, Scientific American, "Our Immigration Policy Has Done Terrible Damage to Kids," 1 Dec. 2020 But a growing body of research has shown their efficacy for a range of mental illnesses that have proven resistant to other treatments, including post-traumatic stress disorder, addiction, depression and anxiety. Ben Harris, sun-sentinel.com, "Jewish psychedelics advocate working to turn club drug into legal medicine," 19 Nov. 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 18 Jan. 2021.

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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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