Helen K. Hornsveld

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Hyperventilation is considered an important factor in the development of somatic symptoms or even panic attacks, though its role has recently been disputed. Arguments are often based on findings from the so-called Hyperventilation Provocation Test (HVPT), which is a procedure consisting of voluntarily overbreathing. The HVPT has been widely used for(More)
BACKGROUND Hyperventilation syndrome (HVS) describes a set of somatic and psychological symptoms thought to result from episodic or chronic hyperventilation. Recognition of symptoms during the hyperventilation provocation test (HVPT) is the most widely used criterion for diagnosis of HVS. We have investigated the validity of the HVPT and of the concept of(More)
The concept of hyperventilation and the principle of a vicious circle provide an elegant explanation for the development of a wide range of somatic and psychological symptoms, the so-called hyperventilation syndrome (HVS). The model has a high degree of credibility and has led to the development of therapeutic interventions that appeared beneficial.(More)
Hyperventilation is considered an important factor in the production of a variety of somatic symptoms. This complex of symptoms is called the Hyperventilation Syndrome (HVS). Recognition of symptoms during the hyperventilation provocation test (HVPT) is a widely used criterion for diagnosing HVS. The validity of this criterion is tested in the present(More)
The Hyperventilation Provocation Test (HVPT) has become a routine procedure in the diagnosis of hyperventilation syndrome (HVS). During an HVPT the patient voluntarily overbreathes for several minutes to produce hypocapnia. The test is considered positive if the induced symptoms are recognized by the patient as similar to those experienced in daily life.(More)
BACKGROUND Slow breathing and heart coherence training are being offered increasingly as treatments for anxiety, depression and stress-related mental and somatic complaints. Both of these interventions are aimed at influencing (i.e. increasing or optimising) heart rate variability and the mechanism involved is described in terms such as heart coherence,(More)
This study examined the effect of high and low anxiety provoking instructions in subjects submitted to a Hyperventilation Provocation Test (HVPT). Subjects were 43 out-patients referred to our clinic for a diagnostic examination of Hyperventilation Syndrome (HVS). Results showed that anxiety levels were affected by the instruction manipulation, but the(More)
When treating a patient with PTSD, therapists often use eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). In EMDR patients make horizontal eye movements (HEM) while the image of a traumatic memory is recalled. Various studies showed that making HEM during recall of an aversive memory results in a decline in vividness and emotionality of this memory.(More)
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