Physiological evidence of exaggerated startle response in a subgroup of Vietnam veterans with combat-related PTSD.


One of the diagnostic criteria for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an exaggerated startle response; however, this phenomenon has not been verified empirically. The authors compared 20 Vietnam combat veterans with PTSD and 18 combat veterans without PTSD on the eyeblink reflex electromyographic response of the startle reaction. Subjects in both… (More)