Little-Known Fact: Many Older Adults Suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

A harrowing experience, such as a car wreck or severe illness, can trigger this common—and treatable—psychological condition.

In the U.S., post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is most often associated with combat veterans, up to 17 percent of whom have experienced the flashbacks, hypervigilance, and avoidance of traumatic memories that characterize this distressing anxiety disorder. However, PTSD also affects many non-veterans: People of all backgrounds and ages in the general population commonly develop the […]


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