Initial urinary epinephrine and cortisol levels predict acute PTSD symptoms in child trauma victims.

@article{Delahanty2005InitialUE,
  title={Initial urinary epinephrine and cortisol levels predict acute PTSD symptoms in child trauma victims.},
  author={Douglas Delahanty and Nicole R. Nugent and N Channelle Christopher and Michele Walsh},
  journal={Psychoneuroendocrinology},
  year={2005},
  volume={30 2},
  pages={121-8}
}
BACKGROUND Previous research examining biological correlates of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in children has suggested that children with chronic PTSD have altered levels of catecholamines and cortisol compared to similarly traumatized children who do not meet diagnostic criteria. The present study extended these findings by examining whether urinary hormone levels collected soon after a trauma were related to subsequent acute PTSD symptoms in child trauma victims. METHODS Initial 12… CONTINUE READING