Answer Key: PTSD

Lesson Plan: Treatment for PTSD: More Nightmares

II. While Reading Task: Word -Recognition

My first session began with my therapist, a graduate student finishing up his doctorate in clinical psychology, offering a kind of apology.I understood. Two decades before, as a newly minted infantry lieutenant in the Marine Corps, I’d been charged with the welfare of a platoon of 30 young Marines. Too often my best wasn’t good enough, and I made a number of errors in judgment while in command, errors that bother me to this day. Offering my therapist some grace seemed like my only option.

Word Inference

  1. therapist |ˈTHerəpist| noun-a psychoanalyst, psychologist, etc., who treats psychological problems; a psychotherapist: cost is one factor keeping them from the therapist ‘s couch.
  2. welfare fare |ˈwelˌfe(ə)r| noun- the health, happiness, and fortunes of a person or group: they don’t care about the welfare of their families.
  3. judgment |ˈjəjmənt| noun-he ability to make considered decisions or come to sensible conclusions: an error of judgment | that is not, in my judgment, the end of the matter.
  4. V.A. The abbreviation for the  U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
  5. weird  |wi(ə)rd| adjective-informal very strange; bizarre: a weird coincidence.
  6. Post-traumatic stress |ˈpoʊst ˌtrɔˈmædɪk ˈstrɛs dəˌsɔrdər| noun-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.
  7. assume  |əˈso͞om|  verb [ with obj. ] suppose to be the case, without proof: you’re afraid of what people are going to assume about me.
  8. prolonged |prəˈlôNGd, -ˈläNGd| adjective-continuing for a long time or longer than usual; lengthy: the region suffered a prolonged drought.
  9. restrict |riˈstrikt| verb [ with obj. ] put a limit on; keep under control: some roads may have to be closed at peak times to restrict the number of visitors.
  10. draining |drān|  verb [ with obj. ] deprive of strength or vitality: his limbs were drained of all energy | Ruth slumped down in her seat, drained by all that had happened.

Source: New Oxford American Dictionary   

 Grammar Focus: Structure and Usage


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