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Oxytocin Enhances Approach-Related Emotions, Not Just Cuddling, With A Call For Caution In Its Use in Psychiatry

For a hormone, oxytocin is pretty famous. It is the “cuddle chemical”—the hormone that helps mothers bond with their babies. Salespeople can buy oxytocin spray on the internet, to make their clients trust them. It’s known for promoting positive feelings, but more recent research has found that oxytocin can promote negative emotions, too. The authors […]

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Melissa Sturge-Apple

Children’s Personalities Linked To Their Chemical Response To Family Stress

Is your kid a “dove” – cautious and submissive when confronting new environments, or perhaps you have a “hawk” – bold and assertive in unfamiliar settings? These basic temperamental patterns are linked to opposite hormonal responses to stress – differences that may provide children with advantages for navigating threatening environments, researchers report in a study […]

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Drs. Jeffrey Zigman (right) and Jen-Chieh Chuang

“Hunger Hormone” Likely Involved In Consumption Of ‘Comfort Foods’ When Stressed

We are one step closer to deciphering why some stressed people indulge in chocolate, mashed potatoes, ice cream, and other high-calorie, high-fat comfort foods. UT Southwestern Medical Center-led findings, in a mouse study, suggest that ghrelin – the so-called “hunger hormone” – is involved in triggering this reaction to high stress situations. The results will […]

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Body-Mind-Spirit Group Psychotherapy May Improve Cortisol Regulation In Patients With Depression

In a study published in the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics the effects of psychotherapy on cortisol, the most important stress hormone, are examined. Psychotherapy added to pharmacotherapy results in greater improvement in clinical outcomes than does pharmacotherapy alone. However, few studies examined how psychotherapy coupled with pharmacotherapy could produce a long-term protective effect […]

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Researcher Lorenzo Cohen, Ph.D.

Yoga Improves Quality Of Life And Regulates Stress Hormones In Women With Breast Cancer

For women with breast cancer undergoing radiation therapy, yoga offers unique benefits beyond fighting fatigue, according to new research from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. While simple stretching exercises improved fatigue, patients who participated in yoga that incorporated yogic breathing, postures, meditation, and relaxation techniques into their treatment plan experienced improved physical […]

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Researcher Mark Ellenbogen

Children Of Parents With Bipolar Disorder Have Higher Hormonal And Emotional Reactivity To Stress

Children whose mother or father is affected by bipolar disorder may need to keep their stress levels in check. A new international study, led by Concordia University, suggests the stress hormone cortisol is a key player in the mood disorder. The findings published in Psychological Medicine, are the first to show that cortisol is elevated […]

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Social Deficits Of Autism Reproduced And Successfully Treated In Animal Model

Social deficits are common in several psychiatric disorders, including autism spectrum disorders and schizophrenia. Individuals with severe social dysfunction can experience significant difficulties with everyday functioning. Oxytocin and vasopressin are hormones that play key roles in emotional and social behaviors and bonding. Oxytocin has been suggested as a treatment to improve social behavior in individuals […]

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