Older People's Health Issues - Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Older people are at risk for post-traumatic stress disorder from recent events and from those that happened long ago. Depression, anxiety, alcohol or drug dependency are the common co-morbidities of PTSD. The older person's current level of social support as well as feelings of fear and anxiety (actual or perceived) can increase his vulnerability for PTSD. Your client/resident who is a war veteran may have chronic or late onset PTSD and so may those who were sexually abused as children or your CALD client/resident who has lived through extreme trauma or atrocities in his country of origin. PTDS is a debilitating mental illness that impacts on the person as well as his ability to interact and relate with others.