Individuals previously diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), particularly men, should be closely monitored as they are at increased risk of developing Parkinson’s disease (PD) in later life.
Why this matters
PD is the second most common neurodegenerative disease associated with multiple environmental, behavioral, and biological risk factors. PTSD is a mental disorder that occurs as a result of exposure to a traumatic event and is associated with an increased risk of various disorders, including dementias. Data on the link between PTSD and PD is scarce.
Greater insights into the link between PTSD and PD may lead to earlier interventions in afflicted individuals.