The Association between Hair Cortisol and Self-Reported Symptoms of Depression in Pregnant Women

@inproceedings{Wikenius2016TheAB,
  title={The Association between Hair Cortisol and Self-Reported Symptoms of Depression in Pregnant Women},
  author={Ellen Wikenius and V. Moe and Marian Kjellevold and Lars Smith and Robert Lyle and Rune Waagb\o and Christian M Page and Anne Margrethe Myhre},
  booktitle={PloS one},
  year={2016}
}
Depression has been linked to an imbalance in cortisol. Until recently, cortisol has been studied by measuring concentrations at single time points in blood or saliva samples. Cortisol concentrations vary with circadian rhythm and experiences, from time point to time point. The measurement of hair cortisol concentration (HCC) is a new method of accessing mean, long-term cortisol concentrations. Recent studies show positive associations between depression and HCC, and prenatal maternal cortisol… CONTINUE READING
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