Britta Dickhaus

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OBJECTIVES Symptoms in irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) patients are sensitive to psychological stressors. These effects may operate through an enhanced responsiveness of the emotional motor system, a network of brain circuits that modulate arousal, viscerosomatic perception, and autonomic responses associated with emotional responses, including anxiety and(More)
Sleep deprivation (SD) has enriched our treatment programme for major depression. SD has been demonstrated to modify different host defence activities. There is some evidence that there are reciprocal relationships between immune function and increased hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenocortical (HPA) axis activity in depression. We therefore investigated the(More)
Sleep deprivation (SD) represents a well-established therapy for major depression. Recent findings suggest that the antidepressive effects of sleep deprivation are mediated at least in part by pro-serotoninergic mechanisms. Furthermore, SD has been demonstrated to modify different host defense activities. We therefore investigated the serotonin (5-HT)(More)
Sleep deprivation (SD) is an effective, however short-lived, method of treatment of depression. Preliminary findings suggest that the antidepressive effect of sleep deprivation is mediated by serotoninergic (5-HT) mechanisms. We therefore assessed serotoninergic activity before and after total SD (TSD) as well as after the following night sleep by(More)
In healthy humans, sleep deprivation (SD) has consistently been demonstrated to impair different parameters of the host defence system and of psychosocial functioning. However, the individual timing of these alterations and their possible association have remained unknown so far. We therefore investigated functional measures of the individual host defence(More)
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