Plasma growth hormone: Effect of anxiety during flooding in vivo

G. C. Curtis, R. Nesse, M. Buxton, D. Lippman

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

22 Scopus citations


The treatment of phobias by rapid in vivo exposure to the feared situation was accompanied by an increase in plasma growth hormone levels on at least one of two occasions in 8 of 11 subjects. The average growth hormone response was greater on the second occasion, even though subjective anxiety was less. Plasma growth hormone was not elevated during the subjects' adaptation to the laboratory. Strong subjective and behavioral anxiety responses failed to elevate plasma growth hormone levels in some subjects. The probability of a growth hormone response was the same whether or not baseline levels were elevated prior to exposure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)410-414
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Psychiatry
Issue number4 a
StatePublished - Jan 1 1979
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


Dive into the research topics of 'Plasma growth hormone: Effect of anxiety during flooding in vivo'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this