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Psychiatr Clin North Am. 2018 Mar;41(1):165-175. doi: 10.1016/j.psc.2017.10.013. Epub 2017 Dec 19.

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in the Elderly.

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Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University Medical Center, 3950, Durham, NC 27710, USA. Electronic address: rebekah.jakel@duke.edu.

Abstract

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can occur at any point in the life span and can last for decades. Chronic PTSD can affect quality of life and have a negative impact on physical function and health in the elderly and may be associated with premature aging and dementia. It is critical that clinicians screen for trauma-based symptoms and to treat as appropriate.

KEYWORDS:

Aging; Dementia; Elderly; PTSD; Posttraumatic stress disorder; Trauma

PMID:
29412844
DOI:
10.1016/j.psc.2017.10.013
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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