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post-traumatic stress disorder Line breaks: post-traumat¦ic stress dis|order
(also post-traumatic stress syndrome)

Definition of post-traumatic stress disorder in English:

noun

[mass noun] Medicine
A condition of persistent mental and emotional stress occurring as a result of injury or severe psychological shock, typically involving disturbance of sleep and constant vivid recall of the experience, with dulled responses to others and to the outside world: she was undergoing counselling and psychotherapy after being diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder a combat veteran being treated for post-traumatic stress syndrome
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  • He said post-traumatic stress syndrome has been the worst of his injuries, leaving him always on high alert even around his family.
  • Later it was discovered that he was a World War II vet with post-traumatic stress syndrome.
  • I started self-harming and went to a shrink who diagnosed me with post-traumatic stress syndrome.

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