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 Hughes' testimony contradicts that of a psychologist hired by Depp's lawyers, who said Heard was faking her symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and suffered from borderline and histrionic personality disorders. CBS News, 4 May 2022 Teachers who are trained to address the mental health needs of the refugees, who may be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, are another. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 14 Apr. 2022 Research has found that everyone from military veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder to college students in exam conditions can benefit from controlled, slow breathing. Serena Coady, SELF, 6 Apr. 2022 She is depicted as suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Washington Post, 5 Apr. 2022 Holaday’s son Kyle, a 26-year-old war veteran who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, was unemployed and lived at home. Dan Eaton, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Mar. 2022 Kaspernick, 56, had worked as a teacher and in warehouses and restaurants, but said his bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder made holding the jobs difficult. Gary Warth, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Apr. 2022 The film features an assistant bank manager who struggles to overcome his post-traumatic stress disorder after his bank is violently robbed and care for his young, diabetic daughter. Brook Endale, The Enquirer, 30 Mar. 2022 Marine Corps veteran Justin Wigg was suffering from anger issues and other symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, but traditional medicine had been little help. John Keilman, chicagotribune.com, 28 Mar. 2022 See More

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1980, in the meaning defined above

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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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