biological treatment for a phobia

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Who explains treatment for a phobia biologically?
Leibowitz
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what methodology was used?
controlled experiment
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how many conditions were there and what were these?
4, phenelzine and placebo atenolol and placebo
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what was the phobia being treated
social
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how long were the ps treated
8 weeks
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what scales were they assessed on for their phobia
Hamilton rating scale for anxiety and the Liebowitz social phobia scale
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how many ps were involved
80 aged 18-50 met DSM criteria for social phobia
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describe the procedure
patients were assessed at the beginning and then given their drug/placebo, there was a gradual increase in phenelzine or atenolol. Patients were then reassessed using the same scales.
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how did he analyse the results
independent evaluators were used to carry out clinical assessments, they were double blind
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what did the findings show
significant differences were noted for phenelzine group with better scores compared with the placebo group. There was no significant difference between atenolol group and placebo
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what conclusions can be drawn from the study
phenelzine but not atenolol is effective for treating social phobias
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how would leibowitz explain this from a biological view point
the drug phenelzine has chemical properties that restore the natural balance within the brain which treats the phobia
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