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PTSD in the elderly: An update on prevalence, symptom presentation, and clinical implications


Glück, Tobias M; Maercker, Andreas (2012). PTSD in the elderly: An update on prevalence, symptom presentation, and clinical implications. Traumatic Stress Points Newsletter, 26(3):10-13.

Abstract

Does posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) differ in its presentation in old age to that in middle or young adulthood? Is it rarer in old age, due to spontaneous recovery or other reasons? These and other questions have been increasingly investigated in recent years starting from a point of almost non-existent systematic research (Hiskey, Luckie, Davies, & Brewin, 2008a; Lapp, Agbokou, & Ferreri, 2011; Owens, Baker, Kasckow, Ciesla, & Mohamed, 2005). However, research on the aftermath of World War II in Europe has contributed to these investigations (e.g. Bramsen, van der Ploeg, & Boers, 2006; Glaesmer, Gunzelmann, Braehler, Forstmeier, & Maercker, 2010; Spitzer et al., 2008). In this update we will provide some recent findings concerning the epidemiology of PTSD in the elderly, discuss age- differential symptom patterns, and report on the relationship between PTSD and age-related morbidity. We will also illustrate why knowledge on PTSD is important in gerontological care.

Abstract

Does posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) differ in its presentation in old age to that in middle or young adulthood? Is it rarer in old age, due to spontaneous recovery or other reasons? These and other questions have been increasingly investigated in recent years starting from a point of almost non-existent systematic research (Hiskey, Luckie, Davies, & Brewin, 2008a; Lapp, Agbokou, & Ferreri, 2011; Owens, Baker, Kasckow, Ciesla, & Mohamed, 2005). However, research on the aftermath of World War II in Europe has contributed to these investigations (e.g. Bramsen, van der Ploeg, & Boers, 2006; Glaesmer, Gunzelmann, Braehler, Forstmeier, & Maercker, 2010; Spitzer et al., 2008). In this update we will provide some recent findings concerning the epidemiology of PTSD in the elderly, discuss age- differential symptom patterns, and report on the relationship between PTSD and age-related morbidity. We will also illustrate why knowledge on PTSD is important in gerontological care.

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Item Type:Journal Article, not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
Date:2012
Deposited On:26 Nov 2012 10:32
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 16:06
Publisher:International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
ISSN:1087-3104
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Official URL:http://www.istss.org/TraumaticStressPoints1/5119.htm

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