Placebo Effect Measured in Social Anxiety Disorder Treatment Study


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An interesting study was was recently performed by Swedish scientists to measure the placebo effect on participants in a trial treatment for social anxiety disorder.

The scientists recruited 25 participants with an exaggerated fear of public humiliation, (what we refer to as “social anxiety disorder”). Each of the participants were required to give a speech at the start and end of an eight-week treatment. However, unbeknownst to the participants and their doctors, the treatment was actually a placebo.

Here’s what happened….

The researchers found that ten of the volunteers responded to the placebo much better than the rest, with their anxiety scores halved by the end of the study. Meanwhile, the anxiety scores of the other participants remained the same. Brain scans revealed that activity in the amygdala, the brain’s “fear” center, had decreased 3 per cent.

While this doesn’t necessarily advance the treatment of social anxiety disorder, it does provide some intersting insight into placebos and the possibility that the “placebo effect” may be more pronounced in people with a certain gene.

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