Abnormal reactions to environmental stress in elderly persons with anxiety disorders: evidence from a population study of diurnal cortisol changes.

@article{Chaudieu2008AbnormalRT,
  title={Abnormal reactions to environmental stress in elderly persons with anxiety disorders: evidence from a population study of diurnal cortisol changes.},
  author={Isabelle Chaudieu and Isabelle Beluche and Joanna Norton and Jean-Philippe Boulenger and Karen Ritchie and Marie Laure Ancelin},
  journal={Journal of affective disorders},
  year={2008},
  volume={106 3},
  pages={
          307-13
        }
}
BACKGROUND Cortisol secretion in elderly persons with anxiety disorders exposed to common stressful situations has not been evaluated. METHODS Salivary-free cortisol levels were evaluated at 8, 15, and 22 h, in 201 elderly subjects during stressful and non-stressful days. Psychiatric symptomatology was assessed by a standardized psychiatric examination (MINI). RESULTS Elderly subjects without psychiatric disorder showed a sustained increase in cortisol secretion several hours after the… CONTINUE READING

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