Endogenous cortisol levels influence exposure therapy in spider phobia.

  title={Endogenous cortisol levels influence exposure therapy in spider phobia.},
  author={Johanna Lass-Hennemann and Tanja Michael},
  journal={Behaviour research and therapy},
Previous research in patients with phobia showed that the administration of glucocorticoids reduces fear in phobic situations and enhances exposure therapy. Glucocorticoids underlie a daily cycle with a peak in the morning and low levels during the evening and night. The aim of the present study was to investigate whether exposure is more effective when conducted in the morning when endogenous cortisol levels are high. Sixty patients meeting DSM IV criteria for specific phobia (animal type… CONTINUE READING
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