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Baroreceptor sensitivity at rest and during stress in women with posttraumatic stress disorder or major depressive disorder.

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Hughes, JW; Dennis, MF; Beckham, JC
Published in: J Trauma Stress
October 2007

The relationship between posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and parasympathetic nervous system functioning was investigated during a baseline rest period and anger recall speaking task using noninvasive estimates of baroreceptor sensitivity. Participants (N = 124) were women categorized into one of four diagnostic groups: PTSD without major depressive disorder (MDD), PTSD with comorbid MDD, MDD without PTSD, and controls with neither psychiatric diagnosis. Women with PTSD (with or without MDD) exhibited significantly lower resting baroreceptor sensitivity than women not diagnosed with PTSD. Baroreceptor sensitivity decreased during the anger recall task, and the decrease was less among the psychiatric groups. Taken together, these findings suggest that PTSD is associated with reduced parasympathetic nervous system functioning.

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J Trauma Stress

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ISSN

0894-9867

Publication Date

October 2007

Volume

20

Issue

5

Start / End Page

667 / 676

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • Stress, Psychological
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic
  • Psychiatry
  • North Carolina
  • Middle Aged
  • Mental Recall
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Humans
  • Female
  • Depressive Disorder, Major
 

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Hughes, J. W., Dennis, M. F., & Beckham, J. C. (2007). Baroreceptor sensitivity at rest and during stress in women with posttraumatic stress disorder or major depressive disorder. J Trauma Stress, 20(5), 667–676. https://doi.org/10.1002/jts.20285
Hughes, Joel W., Michelle F. Dennis, and Jean C. Beckham. “Baroreceptor sensitivity at rest and during stress in women with posttraumatic stress disorder or major depressive disorder.J Trauma Stress 20, no. 5 (October 2007): 667–76. https://doi.org/10.1002/jts.20285.
Hughes, Joel W., et al. “Baroreceptor sensitivity at rest and during stress in women with posttraumatic stress disorder or major depressive disorder.J Trauma Stress, vol. 20, no. 5, Oct. 2007, pp. 667–76. Pubmed, doi:10.1002/jts.20285.
Journal cover image

Published In

J Trauma Stress

DOI

ISSN

0894-9867

Publication Date

October 2007

Volume

20

Issue

5

Start / End Page

667 / 676

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • Stress, Psychological
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic
  • Psychiatry
  • North Carolina
  • Middle Aged
  • Mental Recall
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Humans
  • Female
  • Depressive Disorder, Major