G. F. Ciska Veen

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This study investigated evaluations of other people in specific emotional situations by patients with borderline personality disorder (BPD). BPD patients (N = 16), control patients with cluster C personality disorder (PD; N = 12) and normal controls (N = 15) saw film clips with emotional themes centering on abandonment, rejection and abuse, hypothesized to(More)
This study investigated whether dichotomous thinking is characteristic of borderline personality disorder (BPD). Patients with BPD (N = 16), control patients with Cluster-C personality disorder (PD; N = 12), and normal controls (N = 15) evaluated personalities from film clips in a structured response format. Film clips were presented with emotional themes,(More)
BACKGROUND Results on the association between depression and the hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis have been inconsistent, possibly due to heterogeneity of the DSM-IV category of depression. Specific symptom-dimensions could be used as a more homogenous phenotype in HPA-axis research. METHODS Subjects (n = 1029) with a lifetime depression and/or(More)
Depressive and anxiety disorders are associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Chronic stress induces hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA)-axis perturbations, which might subsequently induce atherogenic lipoprotein profiles and adiposity. The aim of the present study was to investigate the relationship between basal saliva cortisol levels(More)
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)-IV classification may fail to adequately distinguish neuroendocrine factors involved in the etiology of depressive and anxiety disorders. Continuous phenotypic dimensions may correlate better with underlying neuroendocrine dysregulations. We compared the categorical DSM-IV diagnoses with a(More)
INTRODUCTION There is a strong association between migraine and depression. The aim of this study is to identify migraine-specific factors involved in this association. METHODS We conducted a cross-sectional study in a large, well-defined cohort of migraine patients (n=2533). We assessed lifetime depression using validated questionnaires, and diagnosed(More)
BACKGROUND Dysregulation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA)-axis is hypothesized to underlie stress-related psychiatric disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). We aimed to explore whether trauma exposure is associated with alterations in HPA-axis functioning in the absence of lifetime psychiatric morbidity. METHOD We included 39(More)
BACKGROUND The outcome of the dexamethasone/corticotropin-releasing-hormone (DEX/CRH) test in depressed patients is heterogeneous. The present study investigated whether comorbidity of anxiety or somatoform disorders might be an explaining factor for this finding. METHODS The DEX/CRH test was administered in 36 pure major depressive outpatients, 18 major(More)
Salivary alpha-amylase (sAA) may be a suitable index for sympathetic activity and dysregulation of the autonomic nervous system. The relationship between antidepressants and depression with sAA levels was studied, since antidepressants were previously shown to have a profound impact on heart rate variability as an ANS indicator. Data are from 1692(More)