PTSD Research Quarterly: PTSD & Accelerated Aging

For hundreds of years, scientists have recognized that the human body is highly sensitive to the external environment. In the mid-1800s, Claude Bernard, who is credited with being among the first to develop and apply scientific methods of experimentation to the study…

Is PTSD Associated with Earlier Aging?

Most people think that Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is only a mental health issue. However, there is evidence to show that PTSD is associated with earlier onset of age-related medical illnesses, higher risk of decline in thinking skills such as memory or problem solving, and earlier death. Researchers are now investigating the possibility that PTSD is speeding up the aging process.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Linked to Accelerated Aging

In recent years, public health concerns about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have risen significantly, driven in part by affected military Veterans returning from conflicts in the Middle East and elsewhere. PTSD is associated with [a] number of psychological maladies, among them chronic depression, anger, insomnia, eating disorders and substance abuse.