Psychogenic lowering of urinary cortisol levels linked to increased emotional numbing and a shame-depressive syndrome in combat-related posttraumatic stress disorder.

@article{Mason2001PsychogenicLO,
  title={Psychogenic lowering of urinary cortisol levels linked to increased emotional numbing and a shame-depressive syndrome in combat-related posttraumatic stress disorder.},
  author={John W. Mason and Sheila K Wang and Rachel Yehuda and Stephen A Riney and Dennis S. Charney and Steven M. Southwick},
  journal={Psychosomatic medicine},
  year={2001},
  volume={63 3},
  pages={387-401}
}
OBJECTIVE The purpose of the study was to search for the intrapsychic correlates of individual differences in cortisol levels in male Vietnam combat veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder. METHODS The study involved measurement of urinary cortisol levels and clinical assessment with a broad profile of psychometric tests during a single 48-hour period in 30 inpatients. RESULTS The main finding by both correlation and t test analyses was a significant inverse relationship between urinary… CONTINUE READING

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