Preliminary Results of an Open Label Study of Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback for the Treatment of Major Depression

  title={Preliminary Results of an Open Label Study of Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback for the Treatment of Major Depression},
  author={Maria Karavidas and P. Lehrer and E. Vaschillo and B. Vaschillo and H. Mar{\'i}n and Steven Buyske and I. Malinovsky and D. Radvanski and A. Hassett},
  journal={Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback},
  • Maria Karavidas, P. Lehrer, +6 authors A. Hassett
  • Published 2007
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback
  • Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a common mood disorder that can result in significant discomfort as well as interpersonal and functional disability. A growing body of research indicates that autonomic function is altered in depression, as evidenced by impaired baroreflex sensitivity, changes in heart rate, and reduced heart rate variability (HRV). Decreased vagal activity and increased sympathetic arousal have been proposed as major contributors to the increased risk of cardiovascular… CONTINUE READING
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