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J Trauma Stress. 1998 Oct;11(4):763-8.

Persistence of combat-related posttraumatic stress symptoms for 75 years.

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Psychiatry Service, Houston VA Medical Center, Texas 77030, USA.

Abstract

Investigations of the duration of combat-related posttraumatic stress symptoms have focused mainly on survivors of World War II and the Vietnam War, with little attention to surviving veterans of World War I. The authors describe a case in which posttraumatic stress symptoms persisted for 75 years in a World War I combat veteran and increased in frequency toward the end of his life accompanied by advancing dementia and hospitalization. The case illustrates that posttraumatic stress symptoms may be lifelong and exacerbated by various consequences of aging, even if they are not disabling.

PMID:
9870226
DOI:
10.1023/A:1024449517730
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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