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Can Oxytocin Help Those With Autism?

January 23, 2012 Oxytocin and Autism, Oxytocin In The News No Comments

Oxytocin is a hormone produced naturally in the body, that plays a role in a varietyof behaviors, including parent-child and adult-to-adult pair bonding, social memory, social cognition, anxiety reduction and repetitive behaviors. Research has suggested roles for the hormone in emotional regulation and social behaviors.

According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, “The hormone works by helping neurons in the brain talk to each other, although the exact mechanism isn’t understood.”

What is the relation between autism and oxytocin? Take a look at a YouTube video “Autism & Oxytocin Expert Reveals Findings

Autism is a group of developmental brain disorders, affecting development of the person’s communication and social interaction skills. People with autism have issues with non-verbal communication, a wide range of social interactions, and repetitive behaviors.

Autism can be associated with intellectual disability, difficulties in motor coordination and attention and physical health issues such as sleep and gastrointestinal disturbances. Some statistics indicate that one child in 110 may have the condition, more than childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes and pediatric AIDS combined.

Some investigators have found that oxytocin levels are depressed in autistic individuals.

Research has shown a rapid reduction in repetitive behaviors in autistic individuals who received oxytocin. Oxytocin has also been shown to improve those with autism’s ability to read emotion in others’ faces and voices. Oxytocin works by releasing a hormone in the brain of the mildly autistic child and allowing him or her to feel comfortable with eye contact, physical touching and interacting with others.

Those with autism have difficulty forming social connections. Another study has indicated that oxytocin may help reinforce bonding, especially when combined with counseling.

Dr. Luis Martinez is offering a Free Report on autism and oxytocin. http://bit.ly/sSy2q3

For more information contact Bryan Post, Managing Editor of Oxytocin Central  info@oxytocincentral.com or call (405)

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