Aging and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) explores the psychological sequelae of severe trauma in elderly patients and the manifestations in old age of psychological symptoms secondary to trauma experienced earlier in life. Although methodological issues have made the scientific study of PTSD difficult, a number of well-designed research projects have begun to identify some of the key factors of aging and PTSD. Do elderly patients respond differently to stress than younger people, and do the effects of early stress change over time? These questions are the focus of the book's 22 contributors. Research with World War II combat veterans, Holocaust survivors, elderly victims of trauma, and abused elderly persons provides new insight into why they might experience trauma differently than younger individuals. Longitudinal data collected over a 14-year period provide a fascinating comparison of psychological distress and PTSD among older and younger people.
Paul E. Ruskin, M.D., is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and Chief of Geriatric Psychiatry at the Baltimore Veterans Administration Medical Center, Baltimore, Maryland. John A. Talbott, M.D., is Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland. He is the editor or coeditor of numerous books in psychiatry, including a book about posttraumatic stress disorder in Vietnam veterans.
Introduction. The physiology and psychology of successful aging. Part I: Early-Age Trauma and Its Impact on Later Late. The aging veteran of World War II: psychiatric and life course insights. Late onset of posttraumatic stress disorder in aging resistance veterans in the Netherlands. Part II: Late-Age Trauma. Severe stress and the elderly: are older adults at increased risk for posttraumatic stress disorder? Age-related reactions to the buffalo creek dam collapse: effects in the second decade. Elder maltreatment and posttraumatic stress disorder. Part III: Models of Stress in the Elderly. The impact of ordinary major and small negative life events on older adults. Age differences in physiological responses to stress. Behavioral and physiological response to stress in aging animals. Conclusions and directions for further research. Index.
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