Oxytocin in the News in Two Research Studies

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oxytocinEditor’s Note:  Two articles about the role of oxytocin this week and how it may be responsible for/used in various treatments.  Fascinating that they are also finding it as a potential treatment for anorexia.

[Source:  Psych Central]

New research from Australia links addictive behavior, such as drug and alcohol abuse, to the poor development of oxytocin, known as the “love hormone,” in early childhood.

“We know that newborn babies already have levels of oxytocin in their bodies, and this helps to create the all-important bond between a mother and her child,” said Dr. Femke Buisman-Pijlman from the University of Adelaide’s School of Medical Sciences.

“But our oxytocin systems aren’t fully developed when we’re born — they don’t finish developing until the age of three, which means our systems are potentially subject to a range of influences, both external and internal.”

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[Source:  Psych Central]

Oxytocin, sometimes called the “love hormone,” could be a promising new treatment for anorexia nervosa, according to two new studies.

Researchers found that when patients with anorexia are given a dose of oxytocin, they are less likely to fixate on images of high calorie foods, fat body parts, and angry faces.

Oxytocin is released naturally during relational bonding, such as sex, childbirth and breastfeeding. It has been tested as a treatment for many mental disorders, and has been shown to lower social anxiety in people with autism.

“Patients with anorexia have a range of social difficulties which often start in their early teenage years, before the onset of the illness,” said senior author Dr. Janet Treasure from the Department of Psychological Medicine at King’s College London.

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