ZZ Therapy for Arachnophobia

ZZ Therapy for Arachnophobia - Jason Wang ZZ Therapy for...

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Jason Wang ZZ Therapy for Arachnophobia Throughout life, many people develop “an extreme fear of a specific object (such as snakes) or situation (such as being in an enclosed space)” called a phobia (Sue, Sue, and Sue 144). Phobias induce severe panic in the patient upon exposure to their feared stimulus; trying to avoid these triggers many times interferes with the patient’s daily life. The excessive fear of spiders, or arachnophobia, can interfere with a patient’s life because spiders find their way into many corners, basements, and crevices on homes across the United States. However, the new ZZ Therapy tries to cure patients from this anxiety disorder, bringing them more peace within their lives. Although the new ZZ Therapy will introduce zinc into the diet of arachnophobics, the treatment does more for their physical health than it does to help their mental health. The ZZ Therapy helps patients conquer their fear by incorporating zinc into their daily diet for a month, thus creating the hypothesis that if patients with cynophobia consume 11 mg of zinc per day for a month, then the patients will no longer have a fear of spiders. One of the characteristics of clinical research is the experiment has the potential for self correction, which, “under ideal conditions, data and conclusions are freely exchanged and experiments are replicable (reproducible), so that all are subject to discussion, testing, verification, and modification” (Sue, Sue, and Sue 108). First, all patients admitted into the experiment will have a screening with a panel of 5 licensed psychologists with PhD’s who haven’t worked together. These psychologists would then evaluate the patient and diagnose whether or not the patient actually has arachnophobia using an operational definition and rating the severity of their arachnophobia on a scale of one to ten. An operational definition is “A description of a variable in terms of how the 1
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Jason Wang variable is actually measured” (Harvard 3). For an experiment to have greater credibility, it must contain operational definitions to define the variables, which in this case, if the patients show an extreme fear of spiders on a scale of one to ten, they qualify for being arachnophobic. This experiment should have great potential for self-correction, provided that all of the patients undergoing the ZZ Therapy will keep accurate journals every day so that the addition of zinc to their diet is the only change in their daily behavior, making the supplement the only variable that affects whether or not they will overcome their fear of spiders. Another characteristic of clinical research, hypothesizing
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