With the advancement of protective gear and medical aid, soldiers are now surviving traumatic experiences that were once fatal. As a result, the prevalence of brain injury and posttraumatic stress disorder in military service members has grown. Those who have obtained brain injury are at risk of developing chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a neurodegenerative syndrome. To date, there is no cure, treatment, or diagnostic method (besides autopsy) for chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Because chronic traumatic encephalopathy and posttraumatic stress disorder present many of the same symptoms and have the possibility of deriving from the same traumatic experience, an investigation of a potential link is necessary. This study explores the possibility of chronic traumatic encephalopathy being misdiagnosed as posttraumatic stress disorder. This is done by analyzing the frequency of brain injury along with the comorbidity of posttraumatic stress disorder and brain injury. This thesis also proclaims the need for research that attempts to develop diagnostic criterion and treatment methods for chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
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Hancock, Peter A.
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
College of Sciences
Dissertations, Academic -- Sciences;Sciences -- Dissertations, Academic
Length of Campus-only Access
Honors in the Major Thesis
Driskell, Lucas, "The investigation of a potential link between chronic traumatic encephalopathy and posttraumatic stress disorder" (2012). HIM 1990-2015. 1352.