Executive functioning

What is executive functioning?

Executive functions may be disrupted in people with PTSD. They are a group of cognitive processes including control, mental flexibility, planning, inhibition, decision-making, initiation, abstraction, self-monitoring, and pursuit of goals. Executive functions are important in situations involving error correction and behaviour evaluation in response to environmental feedback.

What is the evidence for executive functioning in people with PTSD?

Moderate to high quality evidence found poorer executive functioning in adults and children with PTSD compared to people without PTSD who were, or who were not, exposed to trauma. There were no significant associations between PTSD symptom severity and executive functioning.

August 2021

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Last updated at: 1:49 am, 29th August 2021
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