Concussion Ptsd Dementia

Concussion PTSD Dementia

Recently researchers in the US found that soldiers who have suffered concussion during Iraq war are more likely to experience post traumatic stress disorder (PSTD) and other physical health problems a few months after coming home.

“There was indeed a higher rate of PTSD and other health problems among those who had concussions versus those with other injuries”. Said study author Dr. Christopher Hoge, director of psychiatry and neuroscience at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, in Washington, D.C.

The study says that there is a strong link between concussion and post traumatic stress disorder (PSTD). The study also says that PTSD dementia may have played a role in soldier’s physical health.

These findings were based on combat experiences, injuries, symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder (PSTD), depression and physical health problems of 2,525 US infantry soldiers three to four months after they have returned home after completing a yearlong deployment in Iraq.

Almost 15 percent of the soldiers who had suffered concussions in Iraq, including 5 percent who lost consciousness and 10 percent who were stunned and confused or saw stars, suffered from PSTD. An additional 17 percent accounted other physical damage that did not involve concussions.

Nearly 44 percent of soldiers who were in unconscious condition were diagnosed with PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) compared with 27.3 percent of those who had concussions but remained conscious, 16.2 percent of soldiers with other injuries, and 9.1 percent of soldiers  with no injury. Depressions also often accompanied loss-of-consciousness concussions.

Soldiers who had suffered concussions, especially those who had suffered concussions with loss of consciousness, were significantly more likely to report poor general health, missed working days, frequently visited physician and experienced sleep disorders.

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