Prior work has demonstrated that chronic stress is associated with cognitive dysfunction in the context of aging; However, has not sufficiently disentangled the role of stress exposures compared with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptom severity on cognitive functioning.
As humans, we tend to seek and prefer simple explanations for our own behavior. Human behavior, however, rarely fits simple, linear patterns. If it did, many of us in psychological science would be out of a job. Behavioral economics is a metatheory that combines operant learning theory with microeconomics, and it is particularly helpful for theorizing about and explaining patterns of behavior that seem counterintuitive or complex.
Despite the rise in cannabis products among adults with PTSD, the impact of cannabis use on symptoms is poorly understood, and even less is known about how cannabis use relates to other aspects of distress and functioning for individuals with PTSD. These are important considerations given that individuals with PTSD symptoms often also experience depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation.