Definition of post-traumatic stress disorder in US English:

post-traumatic stress disorder

(also post-traumatic stress syndrome)

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 counseling and psychotherapy after being diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder’
    • ‘Neither boy gave evidence, as they were suffering severe post-traumatic stress disorder.’
    • ‘I started self-harming and went to a shrink who diagnosed me with post-traumatic stress syndrome.’
    • ‘Not everyone involved in a traumatic event experiences post-traumatic stress disorder.’
    • ‘Night terrors often occur in patients with psychopathology, especially in adults with post-traumatic stress syndrome.’
    • ‘In that case, the patient suffered from a borderline personality disorder coupled with post-traumatic stress disorder.’
    • ‘Later it was discovered that he was a World War II vet with post-traumatic stress syndrome.’
    • ‘Can a person with post-traumatic stress disorder also have psychosis?’
    • ‘He suffered from severe eczema and had experienced some symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder after the incident.’
    • ‘If symptoms persist after a month, the diagnosis becomes post-traumatic stress disorder.’
    • ‘He said post-traumatic stress syndrome has been the worst of his injuries, leaving him always on high alert even around his family.’

Pronunciation

post-traumatic stress disorder

/ˈpoʊst ˌtrɔˈmædɪk ˈstrɛs dəˌsɔrdər/