Hans Peter Söndergaard

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Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is an established treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). However, its working mechanism remains unclear. This study explored physiological correlates of eye movements during EMDR in relation to current hypotheses; distraction, conditioning, orienting response activation, and REM-like(More)
During the last few years, a number of children of asylum applicants in Sweden developed an apathetic or unconscious state. The syndrome was perceived as new, and various explanations were advanced such as factitious disorder, intoxication, or stress. Considering a potential association between traumatic stress and regulation of steroids biosynthesis, this(More)
BACKGROUND The present study is part of a longitudinal study of recently resettled refugees with the aim of learning which factors in their daily life influence health as measured by self-report and stress-responsive hormones. METHODS In a group of recently resettled refugees with a high incidence of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), diagnosed by(More)
OBJECTIVE To study the effects of symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression and dissociation as well as cumulative symptom load on language learning during the introduction phase in re-settled refugees. METHOD Participants were re-settled refugees of Iraqi origin. They were assessed by means of a structured interview for PTSD at(More)
BACKGROUND Refugees constitute a growing section of the general population in many countries. It is therefore important to study which factors in everyday life are important to recently resettled refugees after they have been granted residence. METHODS Life events from a checklist, as well as categories derived from written responses to open-ended(More)
UNLABELLED A screening procedure (The Health Leaflet; HL) to assist social workers in finding subjects with possible post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in recently resettled refugees is presented. It is compared with two established self-rating instruments, the Harvard Trauma Questionnaire (HTQ) and Impact of Event Scale-22 (IES-22), as well as(More)
The objective of the present study was to assess alexithymia by means of the Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS-20) and The Emotion Protocol (EP) in a group of refugees. Eighty-six subjects were willing to participate. At last follow-up, 33 non-PTSD and 22 PTSD subjects had complete data. Subjects with PTSD had higher scores on the TAS-20 (F = 4.314, df = 77, p(More)
OBJECTIVES Rape has been found to be the trauma most commonly associated with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) among women. It is therefore important to be able to identify those women at greatest risk of developing PTSD. The aims of the present study were to analyze the PTSD prevalence six months after sexual assaults and identify the major risk(More)
Studies of short-term memory and general intelligence associated with duration and severity of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on observed Type A scores are rare. The authors' aim was to assess Type A behavior and identify subgroups of patients who performed most poorly on memory and intelligence tests and Type A scores related to the severity and(More)
Erratum to: Pyschopharmacology, DOI 10.1007/s00213-014-3776-y . In the original publication of this paper the name of the first author was incorrectly rendered as “Möller AT.” In fact, her name is Anna Tiihonen Möller and her family name is Tiihonen Möller. Thus her name should be rendered as “Tiihonen Möller A.”