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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Smith had deployed twice with the US Army, and had returned from Iraq with severe post-traumatic stress disorder. Julia Belluz, Vox, "More pregnant women are using marijuana. We don’t know if that’s safe.," 20 Nov. 2018 Will, played by the long-underappreciated character virtuoso Ben Foster, has carried post-traumatic stress disorder home from his time in the military. Colin Covert, Detroit Free Press, "‘Leave No Trace’ is a moving father-daughter story," 12 July 2018 The interactive exhibit will showcase the virtual reality technology that is being used to help treat and assess post-traumatic stress disorder for military service members and veterans. Daily Pilot Staff, latimes.com, "Around Town: Heroes Hall offers preview of ‘Bravemind’ exhibit," 27 June 2018 Federal funding is going toward a clinical trial to see whether CBD can help people with post-traumatic stress disorder who abuse alcohol, NPR reports. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska is on the brink of a hemp-growing industry. But first, the state gets to pick the players.," 26 May 2018 For some in Texas, the memories of the trauma will get stuck in their minds, said Rauch, and that is what develops into post-traumatic stress disorder. Phil Mccausland /, NBC News, "Santa Fe, Texas, shooting underscores how Americans no longer feel safe," 19 May 2018 One is a drug that isn’t always considered a psychedelic: MDMA, also known as Ecstasy or Molly, which has been shown to be incredibly useful in the treatment of trauma, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in soldiers or in rape victims. Mandy Oaklander, Time, "This Will Change Your Mind About Psychedelic Drugs," 16 May 2018 Veitch's photography focuses on how post-traumatic stress disorder affects fire and EMS personnel and the resources available to help them. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "FamilyTime honors Women of Achievement, receives fundraising boost," 24 Jan. 2018 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

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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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