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Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback

, Volume 31, Issue 4, pp 315–330

First Online: 09 November 2006Received: 27 March 2006Accepted: 02 October 2006 Persons with posttraumatic stress disorder PTSD have been shown to display elevated baseline cardiovascular activity and a heightened physiological reactivity to trauma-related stimuli. Study 1 examined differences in baseline heart rate HR and HR reactivity in 68 survivors of motor vehicle accidents MVAs and healthy controls without MVA. MVA survivors with PTSD n=26, subsyndromal PTSD n=22, traumatized controls without PTSD non-PTSD with MVA, n=20 and healthy controls without MVA HC, n=27 underwent measurement of HR during baseline and exposure to a neutral, positive, negative, and trauma-related picture. PTSD patients showed elevated baseline HR and increased HR reactivity only during exposure to the trauma-related picture. Study 2 investigated whether the elevated physiological responses observed in Study 1 normalized after cognitive behavioral therapy CBT. We conducted a randomized, controlled treatment trial comparing CBT n=17 to a Wait-list condition WLC, n=18. Results showed a greater decrease in HR reactivity for CBT than for WLC. The change in HR reactivity was associated with clinical improvement.

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Author: Sirko Rabe - Denise Dörfel - Tanja Zöllner - Andreas Maercker - Anke Karl

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