acute environmental reaction
   American
   an inability to continue fighting
   Vietnam jargon, for a condition where it is hard to tell mental illness from selfpreservation or cowardice:
    Most Americans would rather be told that their son is undergoing acute environmental reaction than to hear he is suffering from shell shock. (Herr, 1977)

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