noun[mass noun] Psychiatry
A condition in which a person suffers from a sense of powerlessness, arising from a traumatic event or persistent failure to succeed. It is thought to be one of the underlying causes of depression.
More example sentences
- But it does demonstrate what damage learned helplessness can do in making people live a life of fear.
- This list provides a forum for scholarly discussion of learned helplessness and explanatory style.
- The involvement of opioid system on the learned helplessness model of depression was investigated.
Definition of learned helplessness in:
- The US English dictionary