post-traumatic stress disorder

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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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Sarah Palin has suggested that Track’s assault might be related to post-traumatic stress disorder. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "Sarah Palin's son, accused of assaulting dad, looks to bar media from court proceedings," 25 May 2018 Yet marijuana is far less dangerous than many other drugs, and cannabis or its derivatives have been used to treat everything from chronic pain to post-traumatic stress disorder to childhood epilepsy. The Editors, Scientific American, "End the War on Weed," 1 May 2018 Throughout the competition, members of the group struggled with symptoms akin to post-traumatic stress disorder, triggered by certain noises. Kalyn Kahler, SI.com, "Patriots Plane Provides a Lift to March for Our Lives," 26 Mar. 2018 Clinicians around the world are studying TMS to treat conditions from post-traumatic stress disorder to autism spectrum disorder. Courtenay Harris Bond, Philly.com, "In despair from major depression, I turned to a last resort: Magnets," 14 Mar. 2018 The group provides leather work kits to service members and veterans struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries or other war wounds. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Veterans Museum festival celebrates military kids," 30 Apr. 2018 His attorney, Alfonso Castillo, said Hevel turned to alcohol to help him cope with post-traumatic stress disorder. Bree Burkitt, azcentral, "Former Navajo Nation police officer sentenced to 16 years in prison for fatal DUI crash," 14 July 2018 Firework explosions can also trigger combat veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. Asia Fields, The Seattle Times, "Fireworks, banned in many Puget Sound cities, still create ‘adrenaline rush”," 3 July 2018 One man spoke about how his brother was a Vietnam veteran who used marijuana for many years to treat his post-traumatic stress disorder. Emily Sweeney, BostonGlobe.com, "Harwich bans recreational pot businesses after plea from police chief," 9 May 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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