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Am J Psychiatry. 1996 Nov;153(11):1492-4.

Cognitive functioning and posttraumatic stress disorder.

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  • 1Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Environmental Health, Division of Environmental Hazards and Health Effects, Atlanta, GA 30341, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The authors examined the association of cognitive impairment with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other psychiatric diagnoses known to affect cognitive functioning.

METHOD:

The results of standardized neuropsychological tests were compared in four groups of Vietnam veterans: veterans with both a lifetime history of PTSD and a current diagnosis of depression, anxiety, or substance abuse; veterans with only a PTSD diagnosis; veterans with only a current diagnosis of depression, anxiety, or substance abuse; and veterans with none of these diagnoses.

RESULTS:

Veterans with both PTSD and concurrent diagnoses. exhibited more impairment in cognitive functioning than did veterans without these diagnoses.

CONCLUSIONS:

Cognitive deficits seen among persons diagnosed with PTSD may be associated with their concomitant diagnoses.

PMID:
8890689
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