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trauma[traw´mah] (pl. traumas, trau´mata) (Gr.)
2. psychological or emotional damage. adj., adj traumat´ic.
an injury to the infant during the process of being born. 2. in some psychiatric theories, the psychic shock produced in an infant by the experience of being born.
psychic trauma a psychologically upsetting experience that produces an emotional or mental disorder or otherwise has lasting negative effects on a person's thoughts, feelings, or behavior.
risk for trauma a nursing diagnosis accepted by the North American Nursing Diagnosis Association, defined as accentuated risk of accidental tissue injury such as a wound, burn, or fracture.
an upsetting experience precipitating or aggravating an emotional or mental disorder.
an emotional shock or injury or a distressful situation that produces a lasting impression, especially on the subconscious mind. Some causes of psychic trauma may include abuse or neglect in childhood, rape, and loss of a loved one. Psychotherapeutic sessions in which the injured person can ventilate feelings can help alleviate psychic trauma.
psy·chic trau·ma(sī'kik traw'mă)
An upsetting experience precipitating or aggravating an emotional or mental disorder.