post-traumatic stress disorder

noun
|Updated on: 18 Aug 2018

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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1980

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POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER Defined for English Language Learners

post-traumatic stress disorder

Definition of post-traumatic stress disorder for English Language Learners

  • 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.


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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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