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Hypnotically Induced Anxiety?

July 15, 2014

ji-yong-ho-mutant-mythos-tire-sculptures-8The Effect of Hydrocortisone Infusion on Hypnotically Induced Anxiety.
LEVITT, EUGENE E. Ph.D.; PERSKY, HAROLD Ph.D.; BRADY, JOHN PAUL M.D.; FITZGERALD, JOSEPH A. M.D.
Psychosomatic Medicine: March 1963

Abstract

: In a double-blind study, experimental subjects were infused with heavy loads of plasma hydrocortisone while control subjects received an appropriate placebo. Anxiety was then induced in all subjects by means of hypnotic suggestions. No mean differences between groups were found on three psychological measures of anxiety. The data suggest that anxiety tended to persist after its hypnotic relief in the subjects receiving the hormone infusion and was more rapidly dispelled in placebo subjects. Tentative conclusions are: (1) the anxiety stimulus has a prepotent effect on the subjective anxiety level, and the effect of plasma hydrocortisone alone is relatively small; (2) a highly elevated level of the hormone may mediate a prolongation of the duration of the anxiety experience.

Copyright (C) 1963 by American Psychosomatic Society

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