post-traumatic stress disorder

Pronunciation: (post-traw-MA-tik stres dis-OR-der)

An anxiety disorder that develops in reaction to physical injury or severe mental or emotional distress, such as military combat, violent assault, natural disaster, or other life-threatening events. Having cancer may also lead to post-traumatic stress disorder. Symptoms interfere with day-to-day living and include reliving the event in nightmares or flashbacks; avoiding people, places, and things connected to the event; feeling alone and losing interest in daily activities; and having trouble concentrating and sleeping. Also called PTSD.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

2005-08-24 Date last modified: 2008-01-16Cancer-Related Post-traumatic StressTensión postraumática relacionada con el cáncer