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BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Temporomandibular disorders are common in general population and their etiology is also linked to psychological factors. Cortisol is a hormone the secretion of which may be increased during emotional changes. This study aimed at evaluating the presence of depression and saliva cortisol levels in patients with temporomandibular disorders. METHODS: Participated in the research 48 students, being 36 females and 12 males, aged between 19 and 32 years. Participants weredoi:10.5935/1806-0013.20140037 fatcat:hhnkjucle5ai3dsttcdvmextia