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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Adults who were neglected can have symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and significant trauma to resolve. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "Five Types of Parenting Styles, Explained — And How They Affect Kids, According to Experts," 1 Apr. 2019 His clients use virtual reality to overcome phobias, including a fear of heights, anxiety issues, post-traumatic stress disorder, and drug, alcohol and smoking addictions. Kate Thayer, chicagotribune.com, "Virtual reality can help people overcome fear of heights, study shows," 12 July 2018 This study, in JAMA, used a Swedish database of 106,464 patients who had a severe stress condition, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, acute stress reaction or adjustment disorder. Nicholas Bakalar, New York Times, "Stress Disorders Tied to Autoimmune Disease," 26 June 2018 Sydney, who was 19 and attending college at the time of her death, suffered from survivor's guilt since the shooting, according to her mother, and was recently diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Parkland Shooting Survivor Took Her Own Life After Suffering from PTSD," 22 Mar. 2019 Blass said Barreno had been under U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs care for treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. Jim Newton, Lake County News-Sun, "Former North Chicago cop pleads guilty to patronizing a prostitute," 28 June 2018 According to court documents, Diaz said she had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety. Aleanna Siacon, Detroit Free Press, "Couple accused in death of 4-year-old to undergo mental competency exams," 31 Jan. 2018 The canonical example is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), in which searing experiences rewire the brain in ways that produce lingering trauma. Rob Reid, Ars Technica, "Ars on your lunch break: Repairing your brain with video games," 10 Oct. 2018 Studies have shown that children who are separated from their parents can suffer from anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as exhibit behavioral problems and poor educational outcomes. New York Times, "Breaking Up Immigrant Families: A Look at the Latest Border Tactic," 12 May 2018

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1980, in the meaning defined above

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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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