post-traumatic stress disorder
noun Date: 1980 a psychological reaction occurring after experiencing a highly stressing event (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

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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