Worry and Heart Rate Variability: A Transdiagnostics Study of Anxiety Psychopathology (1 CEU Hour)

Worry and Heart Rate Variability: A Transdiagnostics Study of Anxiety Psychopathology

(1 CEU Hour)

Course Author: Bryan Glazier, PhD, LMFT, LMHC

Course Text: Chalmers, J. A., Heathers, J. A., Abbott, M. J., Kemp, A. H., & Quintana, D. S. (2016). Worry is associated with robust reductions in heart rate variability: a transdiagnostic study of anxiety psychopathology. BMC Psychology, 4(1). doi:10.1186/s40359-016-0138-z

Course Description: Of psychiatric disorders, the most prevalent are anxiety disorders. Research has indicated that the risk of cardiovascular disease and cardiac mortality is significantly increased for individuals suffering with anxiety disorders. Cardiac autonomic dysfunction, which plays a key role in the development of cardiovascular disease, can be assessed through resting heart rate variability. This brief advanced course examines the relationship between worry, anxiety, and  resting heart rate variability.

Objectives:

  1. Identify anxiety disorders and resting heart rate variability.
  2. Discuss theories related to resting heart rate variability.
  3. Examine correlation of resting heart rate variability and anxiety symptoms.
  4. Explore applications of resting heart rate variability as an index for psychopathology.

Course Outline

  1. Anxiety Disorders and Heart Rate Variability.
    • Anxiety Disorders and Symptomology
    • Defining Resting Heart Rate Variability
  2. HRV Theories
    • Polyvagal Theory
    • Neurovascular Model
  3. HRV and Relationship to Anxiety
    • Correlation of HRV and Anxiety Symptoms
  4. Application of Heart Rate Variability to Psychopathology

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This course was developed from the document This course was developed from the document: Chalmers, J. A., Heathers, J. A., Abbott, M. J., Kemp, A. H., & Quintana, D. S. (2016). Worry is associated with robust reductions in heart rate variability: a transdiagnostic study of anxiety psychopathology. BMC Psychology, 4(1). doi:10.1186/s40359-016-0138-z used under the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://goo.gl/9lws9e).