Phobic anxiety does not affect plasma levels of thyroid stimulating hormone in man

Randolph M. Nesse, George C. Curtis, Gregory M. Brown

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Abstract

(1) The effect of anxiety on plasma levels of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) is not clear, despite a number of relevant studies. (2) Nine human subjects with severe phobias had blood samples taken for TSH assay every 20 min during five sessions of 3-hr duration each. (3) Severe anxiety, induced by treating the subject's phobia with in vivo flooding, did not influence plasma TSH levels in any consistent way, nor could a specific TSH response to anxiety be identified in any individual subject.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)69-74
Number of pages6
JournalPsychoneuroendocrinology
Volume7
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1982

Keywords

  • Anxiety
  • phobia
  • stress
  • thyroid stimulating hormone
  • thyrotropin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Endocrinology
  • Endocrine and Autonomic Systems
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry

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