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Risk for PTSD Varies by Gender, Age

According to a new Scandinavian study, women are most vulnerable to PTSD at an older age than men.

Danish researchers discovered men are most vulnerable to PTSD between the ages of 41 and 45 years, while women are most vulnerable at ages 51 to 55.

The research is found in BioMed Central’s open access journal Annals of General Psychiatry.

Ask Elklit and Daniel N. Ditlevsen, from the University of Southern Denmark and Odense University Hospital, Denmark, collected data from 6,548 participants in previous Danish or Nordic PTSD studies in order to investigate the gender difference in the lifespan distribution of PTSD.

According to Elklit, “People now live for an increased number of years compared to that of previous generations, and as a result individuals have more years in which they can be affected by the negative consequences that can follow traumatic experiences. It is therefore important to pay attention to the risk of PTSD in relation to different stages in the lifespan.”

The researchers found that the total prevalence of PTSD was 21.3 percent and, as expected, PTSD was twice as common in women as in men.

Most importantly, men and women peaked in the risk of PTSD a decade apart from each other during their respective lifespan.

Elklit said, “This difference is of particular interest and needs to be investigated further in future research in order to develop more thorough explanations for the effect.”

Source: BioMed Central

Risk for PTSD Varies by Gender, Age

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2015). Risk for PTSD Varies by Gender, Age. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 17, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/news/2010/07/22/risk-for-ptsd-varies-by-gender-age/15875.html

 

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