PhD Ceremony: mw. L.M. Tak, 14.45 uur, Academiegebouw, Broerstraat 5, Groningen
Dissertation: Dysfunction of stress responsive systems in somatization
Promotor(s): prof.dr. J. Ormel, prof.dr. J.P.J. Slaets
Faculty: Medical Sciences
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In this thesis, we perform meta-analyses and prospective population-based studies to investigate the association between dysfunction of stress responsive systems and somatization. We conclude that dysfunction of stress responsive systems is not a necessary factor for somatization in general. However, alterations in the three stress responsive systems, such as lowered cardiac vagal activity, hypocortisolism, and possibly low-grade immune activation, may be pivotal in the etiology in specific groups of patients with somatization. Such subgroups need to be better identified in order to improve treatment strategies.
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