Salivary cortisol and psychopathology in adults bereaved by the september 11, 2001 terror attacks
Depressive Disorder, Major
September 11 Terrorist Attacks
Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic
Terror-related spouse death is a severe stressor associated with persistent HPA axis activation, PTSD, and MDD. However, bereaved spouses who developed PTSD and were not depressed had enhanced postdexamethasone cortisol suppression, evidence of heightened glucocorticoid receptor sensitivity.