Anxiety induced by flooding therapy for phobias does not elicit secretory response

Randolph Nesse, G. C. Curtis, G. M. Brown, R. T. Rubin

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Abstract

Eight subjects with severe phobias to insects and small animals had blood samples taken for measurement of prolactin concentration at regular intervals during five sessions of 3 hr duration each. Severe anxiety was induced by treating the phobia with in vivo flooding during the middle hour of the third and fourth sessions. Despite intense anxiety experienced by the subjects, they showed no change in plasma prolactin levels.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25-31
Number of pages7
JournalPsychosomatic Medicine
Volume42
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1980
Externally publishedYes

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Implosive Therapy
Phobic Disorders
Prolactin
Anxiety
Insects

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  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Psychology(all)

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Anxiety induced by flooding therapy for phobias does not elicit secretory response. / Nesse, Randolph; Curtis, G. C.; Brown, G. M.; Rubin, R. T.

In: Psychosomatic Medicine, Vol. 42, No. 1, 1980, p. 25-31.

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Nesse, Randolph ; Curtis, G. C. ; Brown, G. M. ; Rubin, R. T. / Anxiety induced by flooding therapy for phobias does not elicit secretory response. In: Psychosomatic Medicine. 1980 ; Vol. 42, No. 1. pp. 25-31.
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