Potential causes of developing PTSD - 1: War

Potential causes of developing PTSD – 1: War

The most traumatic experience that could happen to military personnel on duty is to see a loved one die. An incident such as this can have a greater impact on the mental well-being of a person than probably the psychosocial strain of getting injured oneself.

Post the Gulf war, a survey done by David Marlowe, an expert working in the Department of Defense, found that the death of a friend is more sickening and heart rendering than even one’s first kill. Interestingly, in the survey, maximum respondents revealed that the act of killing one’s enemy made him or her liable to be more distressed than facing injuries on one’s own self. Read more

Is there any association between anxiety and dementia?

Is there any association between anxiety and dementia?

While the link between depression and dementia has been well-documented, the relationship between anxiety and dementia has not gained much focus. However, the findings of a Swedish study conducted on twins confirms a definite association between anxiety and dementia. According to the Swedish Adoption Twin Study, people who have a high level of anxiety anytime in their life have a 48 percent increased risk of being demented when they age.

Although several studies have already explored the link between dementia and other mental disorders, such as depression and neuroticism, this study published in the journal Alzheimer’s and Dementia in April 2016 has succeeded in establishing the association between anxiety and dementia, irrespective of depression. Read more