Oxytocin Solidifies Relationships, Studies Show

September 30, 2011 Oxytocin and Sex, Oxytocin In The News Comments Off

Our brains are hard-wired to become distressed when we’re suddenly pulled from those we depend on physically or psychologically. So it’s not necessarily surprising, then, that oxytocin’s calming effects lend credence to its reputation as a hormone of relational repair.

Researchers have found that oxytocin not only promotes attachment among animals and humans, but solidifies those relationships and forms lasting social bonds.

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Oxytocin Is Double-Edged in Helping Treat Addictions

September 22, 2011 Oxytocin And Anxiety, Oxytocin In The News, Uncategorized Comments Off

In the same intense way people bond with other people, they can also bond with drugs, and oxytocin plays a surprising role in both processes. It can promote addictions as well as hamper them, researchers say.

 Oxytocin’s well-known role in decreasing social distance can actually nudge someone toward using drugs by lowering their inhibitions to trying them, says Jim Pfaus, Ph.D., a psychologist at Concordia University in Montreal.

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Oxytocin Eases Stress and Anxiety, Research Says

September 16, 2011 Oxytocin and Depression, Oxytocin In The News, Uncategorized Comments Off

Wouldn’t it be great to have an antidote to stress and anxiety? Given oxytocin’s power to reinforce feelings of safety and trust, scientists are increasingly finding it’s one of the most relevant neurochemicals for stress relief, particularly in social settings.

The oxytocin response can also prime the brain to react more calmly to future stress just by thinking of those we love, scientists say. According to researcher Phil Shaver of the University of California-Davis, the chemical release in the brain that this simple action causes acts as a stress buffer before it even occurs. 

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Oxytocin’s Effect on Sleepiness Likely Tied to Mixing with Other Chemicals, Researchers Say

 It’s well-known that sex can make people sleepy. So can melatonin, a hormone available in pill form that helps regulate sleep-wake cycles. But where does oxytocin fit into this? Scientists are still figuring that out, though oxytocin seems to combine with other chemicals and situations to bring on the zzzz’s more quickly.

Assessing the influence of oxytocin on the sleep pattern of male rats, German researchers from the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry reported that oxytocin released in the brain under stress-free conditions naturally promotes sleep. Their study, published in July 2003 in the journal Regulatory Peptides, used an oxytocin “agonist” – a drug that binds to cells to produce a certain response – to determine that natural oxytocin produced in the brain brings on sleep.

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Prader-Willi Syndrome and the Oxytocin Solution

OxytocinCentral (September 1, 2011). New research published in BioMed Central’s open access journal Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases, demonstrates that the hormone oxytocin is able to positively affect patients by improving trust, mood, and reducing disruptive behavior.

Prader-Willi syndrome and Autism are two such areas of common disorders where oxytocin is proving effective. Prader-Willi syndrome is a rare genetic disorder which causes a range of complex neurological and developmental problems including cognitive and behavioral difficulties, weight gain, aggression, temper tantrums and social and emotional challenges. … Continue Reading

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