from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Following injury or resulting from it: posttraumatic amnesia.

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  • adj. After, or as a result of, a trauma.


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  • Even when it's extreme, stress may have some positive effects — which is why, in addition to posttraumatic stress disorder, some psychologists are starting to define a phenomenon called posttraumatic growth.

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  • In these sufferers of what psychologists call posttraumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, the mind may continue to replay the event, triggering panic attacks.


  • StaffPeople who have survived severe trauma - such as war, torture, disasters, or sexual assault - will often experience after-effects, in a condition called posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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  • MARSHALL: Well, there ` s no one typical trauma response, but I would say, in this particular case, she probably also has something called posttraumatic stress syndrome, which is that, in order to cope with what has happened to her, she ` s probably detached from herself and others, because the primary symptom of PTSD is detachment and estrangement from self and others, meaning she ` s not really going to experience the full weight of what happened to her at this time.

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  • I mean, we now know that a third of all New Yorkers are suffering from some kind of posttraumatic stress syndrome.

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  • This is a real psychiatric condition, and it’s called posttraumatic stress disorder—PTSD for short.

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  • Thomas R. Insel, MD, director of the National Institute of Mental Health, says the study holds "promise for being translated into improved therapies for the treatment of anxiety disorders, such as posttraumatic stress disorder."

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  • In contrast to Nietzsche's well-known quote, life-threatening experiences may lead to psychiatric conditions such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD; Kessler, Sonnega, Bromet,

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  • But studies subsequently have shown that there was a staggering correlation between the men who returned with posttraumatic stress disorder and those who had had troubled childhoods.

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  • Yes, she was young, but how could she come down so hard on Cooper for having what were likely normal posttraumatic reactions to a mass killing?

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