Cortisol levels in response to starting school in children at increased risk for social phobia

Psychoneuroendocrinology, 02/24/2012

A persistent stress response to school in the morning and afternoon is typical for all children, but children of mothers with social phobia also display atypical elevations in evening cortisol levels when at school – signalling longer–term disruption of the circadian rhythm in HPA axis activity. This is the first study to report HPA axis disruption in children at increased risk of developing social phobia.

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