PTSD May Nearly Double Dementia Risk How is it that mere PTSD actually doubles your risk of Alzheimer’s Disease? Doesn’t make sense to me. I am not aware that depression ups the risk, and I am fairly certain that anxiety disorders do not up the risk either. In fact, neurotics may even live longer than their extroverted brethren, due to the extreme caution of introverts (most neurotics are introverts) and the lack of caution displayed by those happy go lucky people people. I am not even aware that schizophrenia or manic depression ups Alzheimer’s risk. So what’s with PTSD? PTSD is one nasty illness. One thing is that these folks typically can’t sleep much at all. They sleep terribly, wake up all the time, they’re just miserable. It’s possible that just not getting a good night’s sleep damages your brain after a while. I have seen studies of PTSD folks who had reduced hippocampal volume. In a word, the PTSD had damaged their hippocampuses. The hippocampus is involved in memory. Ok, so how does that lead to Alzheimer’s? I don’t get it, but the data looks pretty good. On the plus side, you will forget that you have PTSD. Haha.
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