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Women in their 50s More Prone to PTSD than Men

The researchers found that the total prevalence PTSD was twice as common in women as in men.

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(LONDON) - Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) rates peak in women later than they do in men. Researchers writing in BioMed Central’s open access journal Annals of General Psychiatry found that men are most vulnerable to PTSD between the ages of 41 and 45 years, while women are most vulnerable at 51 to 55.

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% 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”.

1. The combined effect of gender and age on post traumatic stress disorder: do men and women show differences in the lifespan distribution of the disorder?
Daniel N Ditlevsen and Ask Elklit
Annals of General Psychiatry (in press)

2. Annals of General Psychiatry is an open access, peer-reviewed, online journal covering the wider field of Psychiatry, Neurosciences and Psychological Medicine.

3. BioMed Central is an STM (Science, Technology and Medicine) publisher which has pioneered the open access publishing model. All peer-reviewed research articles published by BioMed Central are made immediately and freely accessible online, and are licensed to allow redistribution and reuse. BioMed Central is part of Springer Science+Business Media, a leading global publisher in the STM sector.

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Dexter July 21, 2010 3:49 pm (Pacific time)

Sounds like something I had when I went through my Divorce. bring on the Valium, I think I am getting nasty flash backs.

Anonymous July 21, 2010 2:38 pm (Pacific time)

I think it was the 70's when the womens liberation thing came to be. First of all, dont get me wrong here ok? Women should be equal, as far as pay, recognition etc. my father did ok, but it was my mom who was the backbone to his success. I am just telling you what really happened. The devaluation of the dollar thanks to the federal reserve bank (who obama just gave more power to), was in trouble. One person working in the family could not afford a home in a middle class neighborhood. Uh oh...So, thus came the propaganda. The entire womens lib was set up by the banksters. Make it "cool" for the women to work, make it "bad" for husbands who thought different. The outcome? Women started working to be "cool", and men shut up about it, so they would not be labeled "wife beaters" and now there was enough money to buy that house in the middle class neighborhood, everyone was happy, and the banks could continue their domination and thievery. Its that simple. Problem is tho, like everything the banksters do, it causes harm to the average people, such as this article. And this is only ONE of the evil deeds of the banksters. And when obama signs the reform bill, its endgame, its over, welcome to living in a third world country. Oh, but, the propaganda is starting already. I see it already in the headlines. Its cool to be broke and homeless. And people will yet again buy the lies.

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