transient situational disturbance

transient situational disturbance

[′tranch·ənt ‚sich·ə′wā·shən·əl di′stər·bəns]
(psychology)
A form of personality disorder, more or less transient, and generally an acute symptom response to a specific situation, without persistent personality disturbance.
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For example, in the Steven Robinson bank robbery case, the mental illness was a transient situational disturbance; the prosecutor argued that taking a gun with him showed premediation which would negate the defense.
In the DSM-I, the precursor to PTSD was called "traumatic neurosis." In DSM-II, it became "transient situational disturbances." This vague definition became more specific in the DSM-III, which introduced PTSD-qualifying stressors--a recognizable stressor that would evoke significant symptoms of distress in almost everyone, distress that is generally outside the usual human experience.
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