Electrodermal lability in anxiety disorders

  • Jensen H
  • Hasle N
  • Birket-Smith M
  • 13


    Mendeley users who have this article in their library.
  • 10


    Citations of this article.


Twenty-eight anxiety patients, aged below 50 years, were diagnosed according to DSM-III-R criteria (panic disorder with and without agoraphobia, generalised anxiety disorder, and anxiety disorder not otherwise specified). The patients were characterised by high levels of state and trait anxiety and neuroticism, compared with the controls. However, there were no differences between patients and controls in electrodermal habituation rate, non-specific activity, or skin resistance level. When the patients were divided into electrodermally labile and stable subjects, significant differences were found between patients and controls in both electrodermal activity and Eysenck's personality dimensions. The labile patients were more introverted and attained higher psychoticism scores than either the stable patients or controls. Duration of anxiety symptoms removed the difference found in extroversion, but not in any other variable. The results are discussed in relation to the utility of electrodermal measurements in validation of diagnostic entities. It is concluded, that from the psychophysiological point of view, anxiety disorders may be examined within a dimensional framework.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Duration of anxiety symptoms
  • Electrodermal lability
  • Extro-version
  • Psychoticism

Get free article suggestions today

Mendeley saves you time finding and organizing research

Sign up here
Already have an account ?Sign in

Find this document


  • Hans Henrik Jensen

  • Nicolas Hasle

  • Morten Birket-Smith

Cite this document

Choose a citation style from the tabs below

Save time finding and organizing research with Mendeley

Sign up for free