The compulsion to eat an inordinate amount of food after experiencing something marginally traumatizing. For example, ordering a "Gotta Have It"-size ice cream from Cold Stone Creamery and snarfing it quickly, then giving the excuse that one had surgery over two weeks ago.
"Did you see how much Karen ate after telling us about her latest breakup?""Yeah, she was definitely suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Eating (PTSE)."
by SamR1203 June 15, 2008