Ken-ichi Yamamoto

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AIMS Previous studies have shown that heart rate variability (HRV) measurement is useful in investigating the pathophysiology of various psychiatric disorders. The present study further examined its usefulness in evaluating the mental health of normal subjects with respect to anxiety and depressiveness. METHODS Heart rate (HR) and HRV were measured(More)
What psychiatric symptoms are caused by central noradrenergic dysfunction? The hypothesis considered in this review is that noradrenergic dysfunction causes the abnormalities in arousal level observed in functional psychoses. In this review, the psychiatric symptoms of noradrenergic dysfunction were inferred pathophysiologically from the neuroscience(More)
Several lines of evidence strongly suggest that accumulation of noradrenaline (NA) in the brain may underlie the hyperarousal symptoms experienced in post-traumatic stress disorder. In animal experiments, however, the effect of stress on NA content appears complex; acute stress reduces the level, while chronic stress tends to increase it. To explain this(More)
The function and dysfunction of the central noradrenergic system were reviewed together with the implications for the pathophysiological understanding of functional psychosis. Like the peripheral noradrenergic system, the central noradrenergic system plays a pivotal role in fight/flight reactions and stress. Overactivity of the system induces not only a(More)
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