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Autism and Oxytocin

Autism and Oxytocin

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Oxytocin is a nine amino acid peptide produced in the brain and released by the pituitary gland. It is produced in the body naturally, by both males and females, and plays a role in reproduction and may even contribute to those feelings we call "love."

Recent research has linked oxytocin with the ability to trust others. Evidence suggests that it may even play a major role in a person's ability to take care of others and for avoiding conflict.

It's been demonstrated in animals that oxytocin acting within the brain plays a major role in establishing maternal behavior, as scientists put oxytocin into the ventricles of the brains of virgin rats and non-pregnant sheep, and it rapidly induced maternal behavior.

Low Self-Esteem in Children may Create Materialistic Demands – Young Teens highest Risk

Low Self-Esteem in Children may Create Materialistic Demands – Young Teens highest Risk

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Christmas can be a wonderful time of the year for children, but parents may be frustrated at the demands of their children for the best and latest toys, clothes, and electronics. Instead of giving into every demand, this research study might add insight as to ways to mold and change your child self-esteem in the years to come to deflect some of these demands.

Researchers from the University of Illinois and the University of Minnesota found that depending on the age of the child and also if they had low self-esteem, were more likely to be materialistic at Christmas. You can read the complete study in the upcoming issue of the Journal of Consumer Research, and is titled, "Growing up in a Material World: Age Differences in Materialism in Children and Adolescents."

ADHD – Friendship Clinic is Making Friends easier for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Children

ADHD – Friendship Clinic is Making Friends easier for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Children

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Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) often have tremendous problems making friends. The children also have a slew of other problems that are usually well known with learning problems in school. A clinical study is trying out a Friendship Clinic for ADHD children and their parents to educate them how to make a friend.

"Children with ADHD often are peer-rejected, and their difficulties multiply as they grow to adulthood," said Amori Yee Mikami, assistant professor of psychology and principal investigator for this new clinical study.

"Children with ADHD often grow up with depression and relationship problems, some may develop criminal behavior and substance abuse problems," Mikami said. "There can be a spiral of failure that is partly the result of not having learned to make and keep friends as children."

Alcoholic Recovery May Be Influenced By Sleep Problems – Disorders Including Insomnia Are Magnified By Alcoholism Withdrawal

Alcoholic Recovery May Be Influenced By Sleep Problems – Disorders Including Insomnia Are Magnified By Alcoholism Withdrawal

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Sleep is one of those overlooked problems, but new research now says it is important in recovery from alcohol addiction. Researchers from the University of Michigan’s Department of Psychiatry say that the sedative effects of alcohol can cause sleep problems to become worse. This is caused by the long term sleep-disrupting impact that alcohol dependence may have on the brain.

A study published in this issue of the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, suggests that insomnia and other sleep disorders may get in the way of recovery. They say that a person’s perception of how bad their sleep problems are may be just as important as the actual sleep problems themselves.

Adult Autism Asperger Syndrome – Oxytocin preliminary Testing Showed Improved Behavior

Adult Autism Asperger Syndrome – Oxytocin preliminary Testing Showed Improved Behavior

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New research is showing some promise with the treatment of two autism groups with the use of oxytocin. The research is first being presented at the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology's Annual Meeting (ACNP) annual meeting this week in Hollywood, Florida.

The study involved adults with autism and the use of oxytocin administered by intravenous fluid and nasal technologies. The high-functioning adult autism patients, also known as Asperger’s Syndrome participated in this study.

"Studies with animals have found that oxytocin plays a role in a variety of behaviors, including parent-child and adult-to-adult pair bonding, social memory, social cognition, anxiety reduction and repetitive behaviors," explained Dr. Bartz PhD and presenter of the study. "However," adds Dr. Hollander, MD, who is also presenting at the ACNP meeting, "we have only recently considered that administration of oxytocin can have behavioral effects. Autism is a particularly ripe neuropsychiatric disorder for studying this approach because it presents with the types of symptoms that have been found to be associated with the oxytocin system."

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