Diagnostic utility of autonomic measures for major depressive disorders

  title={Diagnostic utility of autonomic measures for major depressive disorders},
  author={Michael E. Dawson and Anne M. Schell and Jeffrey R. Braaten and Jeffrey J. Catania},
  journal={Psychiatry Research},
The diagnostic utility (sensitivity, specificity, and overall efficiency) of autonomic nervous system measures in distinguishing hospitalized patients with unipolar depression from age-matched normal controls is reported. Tonic resting skin conductance level (SCL), tonic resting heart rate level (HRL), and the phasic skin conductance and heart rate responses (SCRs and HRRs) to task-related stimuli were used. The overall efficiency of SCL of 70% was generally consistent with previous research… CONTINUE READING

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