Posttraumatic stress disorder and memory: Evidence of maladaptations to stressors

Authors

  • Erin L. Ashby PsyD,

    1. Regis University in Colorado Springs, Colorado
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    • Erin L. Ashby, PsyD, LPC, is an affiliate faculty member at Regis University in Colorado Springs, Colorado, for the master of arts in counseling. She is also practicing in the community mental health field in short-term acute inpatient treatment. Her interests include trauma treatment and community counseling outcomes. She can be reached at ashbyel@gmail.com.

  • Allen Cornelius PhD

    1. University of the Rockies
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    • Allen Cornelius, PhD, is a core faculty member and department chair in the School of Professional Psychology at University of the Rockies. He teaches research methods and statistics courses and has research interests in the areas of sport psychology and youth development through sports. He may be contacted at allen.cornelius@rockies.edu.


Abstract

People with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are entering the workforce in record numbers as they discharge from the military and attempt to enter the civilian workforce. Understanding how PTSD affects the human mind will help organizations manage their employees more effectively by allowing supervisors to set up systems that compensate for deficits. PTSD appears to cause significant memory and attentional deficits; however, it is difficult to determine whether the attentional deficits contribute to the memory deficits. The current study used the Repeatable Battery for the Assessment of Neuropsychological Status (RBANS) to examine the memory deficits separate from the attention difficulties in people with PTSD. Results demonstrated that PTSD severity correlated with attention issues, but not memory issues. The authors discuss these findings in terms of their clinical and organizational applications.

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