Phobic Fear Does not Activate the HPA-axis – Yet the System is Responsive
Poster Session III - Board: III-
Specific phobia subjects failed to show HPA responses to phobic exposures, despite intense distress. However, the system was still responsive, showing ACTH pulses when the phobic object was moved closer. This indicates that in specific phobias, the HPA axis remains reactive but does not react to fearful distress itself.