PTSD May Accelerate Cognitive Decline Over Time
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is associated with accelerated cognitive decline over time, new research suggests. In an analysis of more than 12,000 middle-aged women who had experienced at least one trauma in their lives, those with PTSD symptoms showed an approximately two-fold faster decline in cognition during follow-up compared with those who did not have PTSD symptoms. These associations were not fully explained by other known cognition-related factors such as depression, the researchers note.
@manu Because no large-scale study had examined whether PTSD is associated with cognitive decline in women, the current researchers examined PTSD symptoms and their association with repeated measures of cognitive function among a large civilian trauma-exposed cohort of women aged 50 to 70 years at study baseline.