Sep 30, 2011 Health
, Cortisol is a steroid hormone involved in stress response in humans. In people who have weird phobias, kortisiol supplements could ease the panic caused by a phobia.
A phobia is an intense fear however unrealistic that may interfere with the ability to socialize, work or perform activities in daily life.
Phobias usually caused by an event, object or situation. While specific phobias are fear of certain situations or objects. Common examples of specific phobia among other phobic snakes, dogs, escalators, elevators, high places or open spaces.
One of his strange phobia sufferer is Michelle Clement, whose job is to zoology expert and organismal biology from Ohio State University. Clement had a phobia of vomiting (emetophobia) are categorized as specific phobias.
Phobias are experienced by women is already very annoying because at the time vomiting is inevitable and sometimes unexpected happened. He can not control it and phobias of losing control of it, causing panic and hysteria.
Michelle admitted vomit phobia against others because of the look and smell the vomit of others may cause her to go throw up.
As quoted from Scientific American on Friday (09/30/2011), scientists are now looking into opportunities cortisol as a reliever these strange phobias. Because the hormone cortisol when the body out of stress and low levels of glucocorticoids in the blood the same as the condition that occurs when phobias come.
The main function of cortisol is to increase blood sugar through the process of gluconeogenesis, suppress the immune system and help metabolism of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. Various forms of synthetic cortisol is used to treat various diseases .
Based on the consideration that supplementation of cortisol is believed to be able to help the therapy is carried out to address the specific phobia. Treatment of specific phobias can be a combination of psychotherapy and medication can be quite effective. Also, it can also be psychological treatment, ie mental health care.
In this study, researchers compared two groups of people who undergo therapy for a phobia of heights. The first group received placebo therapy and the second group received 20 mg of cortisol one hour before a therapy session.
However, further research will be needed to see whether cortisol treatment can remain effective for long-term use to help specific phobia therapy . Previous studies have shown that cortisol can also be useful to help Arachnophobia therapy and social phobia.
( Mer / ir )
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