The potential role of hypocortisolism in the pathophysiology of stress-related bodily disorders

  title={The potential role of hypocortisolism in the pathophysiology of stress-related bodily disorders},
  author={C. Heim and U. Ehlert and D. Hellhammer},
  • C. Heim, U. Ehlert, D. Hellhammer
  • Published 2000
  • Medicine, Psychology
  • Psychoneuroendocrinology
  • Representing a challenge for current concepts of stress research, a number of studies have now provided convincing evidence that the adrenal gland is hypoactive in some stress-related states. The phenomenon of hypocortisolism has mainly been described for patients, who experienced a traumatic event and subsequently developed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). However, as presented in this review, hypocortisolism does not merely represent a specific correlate of PTSD, since similar findings… CONTINUE READING
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