Concordance between anxiety and autonomic nervous system activity in subjects at genetic risk for affective disorder

Theodore P. Zahn, John I. Nurnberger, Wade H. Berrettini, Thomas N. Robinson

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Abstract

Correlations between electrodermal and heart rate indices of autonomic nervous system (ANS) activity and measures of state and trait anxiety were examined in 22 high-risk subjects, who had a parent with bipolar affective disorder, and in controls. Relatively consistent and significant correlations between anxiety and ANS "arousal" at rest and under stress were found in high-risk subjects, but not in controls. Relationships between electrodermal laterality and anxiety, and between electrodermal activity and heart rate, were also observed only in the high-risk group. The data suggest a unique concordance between various manifestations of anxiety in high-risk persons which may effectively increase the salience of stressful events and the sensitization to stress.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)99-110
Number of pages12
JournalPsychiatry Research
Volume36
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1991
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Affective disorder
  • electrodermal activity
  • heart rate
  • high risk
  • stress
  • vulnerability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry
  • Psychology(all)

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