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J Geriatr Psychiatry Neurol. 2001 Spring;14(1):17-20.

Worsening of post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms with cognitive decline: case series.

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Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Jackson, Mississippi 39216, USA.

Abstract

We present three cases of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms associated with cognitive decline. Patient age ranged from 57 to 70 years old and all patients had war-related PTSD. In each case, the patient had a history of PTSD that was under fairly good control until the onset of cognitive impairment due to Alzheimer's disease or vascular or alcohol-related dementia. These cases suggest that neurodegeneration of memory pathways may disinhibit symptoms of PTSD.

PMID:
11281311
DOI:
10.1177/089198870101400105
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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