Trauma and syncope: which relationship do they share?

Davide Crivelli*, Michela Balconi

*Autore corrispondente per questo lavoro

Risultato della ricerca: Contributo in rivistaArticolo in rivista


Syncope is commonly deemed as a general clinical symptom that might connote different organic and functional clinical pictures. Yet, remarks on nature and structure of associations between subjective emotional life, psychological distress, and syncope have fuelled a debate on potential causal implications of early exposure to distressing and/or traumatic events on early occurrence and recurrence of organic or psychogenic syncopal spells. The present work aims at providing an introductory overview on syncopal and psychogenic pseudosyncopal events and at discussing potential links between affective reactions, traumatic experiences, and occurrence of syncope symptomatology in the life-span. Finally, an interpretative model linking syncope as a shut-down reaction to overwhelming affectiveladen situations is introduced and discussed.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)35-54
Numero di pagine20
RivistaMaltrattamento e Abuso all'Infanzia
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2020


  • Emotion
  • Psychogenic pseudosyncope
  • Stress response
  • Syncope
  • Trauma


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