Psychosomatic Medicine (PSYCHOSOM MED )

Publisher: American Psychosomatic Society; National Research Council (U.S.). Committee on Problems of Neurotic Behavior; American Society for Research in Psychosomatic Problems, Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins


Psychosomatic Medicine, founded in 1939, is the official organ of the American Psychosomatic Society. It publishes experimental and clinical studies dealing with various aspects of the relationships among social, psychological, and behavioral factors and bodily processes in humans and animals. It is an international, interdisciplinary journal devoted to experimental and clinical investigation in behavioral biology, psychiatry, psychology, physiology, anthropology, and clinical medicine. The Journal is published six times a year; supplementary issues may contain reports of conferences at which original research was presented in areas relevant to the Society or may consist of monographs.

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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: To examine whether day-to-day variations in sleep behaviors, ongoing sleep disturbance, and fatigue predict the cortisol diurnal rhythm in women recently diagnosed as having early-stage breast cancer.
    Psychosomatic Medicine 09/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: Mental stress-induced (MSIMI) or physical stress-induced (PSIMI) myocardial ischemia portends a worse prognosis in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). Vitamin D insufficiency is associated with adverse cardiovascular outcomes, but its relationship to myocardial ischemia remains unclear. We hypothesized that vitamin D insufficiency will be associated with a higher prevalence of myocardial ischemia in patients with CAD.
    Psychosomatic Medicine 09/2014; 76(7):569-575.
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    ABSTRACT: To examine whether the prospective association between depressive symptoms and glucose metabolism is bidirectional.
    Psychosomatic Medicine 07/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: Patients with chronic low back pain (cLBP) show a range of behavioral patterns that do not correlate with degree of spinal abnormality found in clinical, radiological, neurophysiological, or laboratory investigations. This may indicate an augmented central pain response, consistent with factors that mediate and maintain psychological distress in this group.
    Psychosomatic Medicine 06/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: Background: This study examined the effect of synthetic oxytocin delivered intranasally on acute pain sensitivity using a placebo-controlled, double-blind, within-participant crossover design. Methods: Thirty-seven (18 were male) pain-free young adults underwent two laboratory sessions separated by 1 week. Each session consisted of baseline, administration, second baseline, pain, and recovery phases, completed in a fixed order. Participants were given an intransal administration of 40 IU oxytocin or placebo. Blood pressure and heart rate (HR) were measured at 1-minute intervals throughout each phase. Pain was induced by submersing the nondominant hand in cold (2[degrees]C) water. Pain threshold, intensity, unpleasantness, and Short-Form McGill Pain Questionnaire-2 pain descriptors were rated immediately after pain testing. Mood was assessed using visual analog scales after baseline, second baseline, and pain phases. The second laboratory session was identical to the first, with the exception that a different nasal spray was administered. Results: Participants reported lower pain intensity (50.57 [20.94] versus 56.73 [20.12], p = .047), pain unpleasantness (47.00 [27.24] versus 55.78 [22.46], p = .033), and Short-Form McGill Pain Questionnaire-2 pain descriptors (53.38 [31.18] versus 60.92 [31.17], p = .031) and higher pain threshold (45.70 [59.55] versus 38.35 [59.12], p = .040) after oxytocin administration relative to placebo. There was a nasal spray by phase interaction on HR (p = .006). Pain-related increase in HR was attenuated by oxytocin nasal spray. Systolic and diastolic blood pressure increased during pain testing but were unaffected by nasal spray. Conclusions: These results suggest that oxytocin can lead to decreased acute pain sensitivity.
    Psychosomatic Medicine 06/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: This study investigated the effects of written emotional disclosure on a model of chronic pain in healthy women with and without trauma history.
    Psychosomatic Medicine 06/2014;
  • Psychosomatic Medicine 01/2014; in press.
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    ABSTRACT: Possible health effects for employees of efforts to improve the psychosocial competence of managers have not been studied scientifically in the past. To explore how efforts to improve management will change the work environment and health of the employees. Managers of the experimental department in a large insurance corporation underwent 2-hour biweekly training sessions for 1 year-altogether, 60 hours. A control group of employees in other departments in the corporation not affected by the modification was followed with the same assessments. Morning blood samples for the assessment of serum cortisol were collected both at baseline and after 1 year in 155 participants in the experimental group and in 147 subjects in the control group. Liver enzymes and lipids were also assessed. In the questionnaire part of the 1-year follow-up study, there were 119 participants in the experimental group and 132 in the control group. When repeated-measures ANOVA was used, a significant interaction effect was found for the level of serum cortisol; serum cortisol levels were decreased in the intervention group and were unchanged in the control group (ANOVA two-way interaction, p =.02; after exclusion of the managers, p =.005). A significant interaction effect was also observed for decision authority, with increased decision authority in the intervention group and, conversely, a decreased level in the control group (p =.001; after exclusion of managers, p =.02). The study indicates that a moderately intensive psychosocial manager program lasting for 1 year can be beneficial for the employees with regard to both lowered serum cortisol and improved authority over decisions.
    Psychosomatic Medicine 05/2013; 63(5):724-33.
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    ABSTRACT: Objective: Noncardiac chest pain (NCCP) is a common condition associated with considerable patient distress and substantial healthcare costs. Our aim was to investigate associations between illness perceptions, anxiety sensitivity, somatic amplification, and experience of chest pain, and to assess whether a multifactorial model including these factors can distinguish patients with NCCP from patients with cardiac chest pain (CCP). Methods: A total of 240 patients with chest pain answered questionnaires concerning anxiety sensitivity (Anxiety Sensitivity Index-3), somatic amplification (Somatosensory Amplification Scale), illness perceptions (Illness Perception Questionnaire-Brief, health concerns, and heart disease conviction), and pain characteristics (intensity, disability, and frequency) before the evaluation of chest pain causation. They were classified as having NCCP or CCP by cardiac angiography. Partial correlation analyses and binary logistic regression analyses were performed. Results: Seventy percent of patients with chest pain were classified as having NCCP. A range of cognitive-perceptual factors were associated with the experience of chest pain. On multivariate analyses, the only psychological factor found to differentiate NCCP from CCP was elevated somatic amplification (relative risk = 1.06, 95% confidence interval = 1.00Y1.13). Conclusions: The current DSM-5 proposal with regard to somatic symptom disorder recommends using psychological factors as diagnostic criteria for medically unexplained symptoms while placing less emphasis on the criterion of lack of somatic causation. In this study, an association between pain characteristics and cognitive-perceptual factors was found both for patients with NCCP and for patients with CCP. We found no evidence for a specific profile of psychological characteristics distinguishing patients with NCCP from patients with CCP, except for somatic amplification.
    Psychosomatic Medicine 01/2012; 74:861-868.
  • Psychosomatic Medicine 01/2007; 69(1):1-1.
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    ABSTRACT: Many allergy patients complain of fatigue, moodiness, and dysphoria during their allergy seasons. This study evaluated the effect of symptomatic allergic rhinitis on both fatigue level and mood. Symptomatic ragweed allergic rhinitis patients on no medications and healthy control subjects completed the Multi-Dimensional Fatigue Inventory and the Positive Affect-Negative Affect mood rating scales in an in-out-in ragweed season research design. During ragweed seasons, allergic patients reported higher levels of general fatigue and mental fatigue, but not physical fatigue, as well as reduced motivation. Patients described experiencing feelings of greater sadness and reduced pleasurable engagement. Increased anxiety or emotional distress was not reported. These findings suggest that having allergic reactions to ragweed pollen causes significant fatigue and mood changes in at least a subgroup of patients. Psychoneuroimmunology and medical genetics research suggests that allergic reactions engender biochemical changes that directly affect the central nervous system.
    Psychosomatic Medicine 01/2007; 64(4):684-91.
  • Psychosomatic Medicine 01/2006; 68(4):638-640.