What is dementia and PTSD?

Dementia is characterised by significant cognitive impairment. Symptoms include memory, executive functioning, language, and movement impairments, and an inability to identify objects, people, sound or smell. Other symptoms may include behavioural disturbances, anxiety, apathy, delirium, and mood and sleep disturbances. Mental disorders are associated with a high prevalence of psychiatric comorbidities, and aging may increase the risk of developing comorbidities such as dementia.

What is the evidence for dementia?

Moderate to low quality evidence finds a small increased risk of dementia in older veterans with PTSD compared to older veterans without the disorder.

August 2021

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Last updated at: 12:38 am, 26th October 2021
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