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Survivor Guilt

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Updated July 27, 2009

Definition:

Survivor guilt is considered to be an associated feature of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It refers to a phenomenon wherein those who survive a traumatic event that had many people fatalities begin to experience strong feelings of guilt for having lived through the event. At extreme levels, survivor guilt may result in self-condemnation or self-punishment, as well as severe depression.

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