Dr. Weeks’ Comment: A safe and potentially beneficial agent for those suffering with schizophrenia and from anti-psychotic drugs.
Dose of oxytocin is based upon previous studies in humans showing improvement in schizophreniarelated changes in behavior and brain function (Kosfeld et al, 2005; Kirsch 2005; Heinrich M 2003).
The same hormone that helps mothers and babies bond may help ease the symptoms of schizophrenia. New research studying the effects of oxytocin suggests that the hormone may have a potential benefit in treating patients with schizophrenia. Dr. David Feifel from the Department of Psychiatry at the
New study found that hugs, touches and sharing feelings with loved ones induce so called love hormone (oxytocin) in the brain and this hormone can help patients who are suffering from schizophrenia, social anxiety and similar disorders. Researchers c
The Wall Street Journal reports that “inhalation of the hormone oxytocin may benefit patients with autism or schizophrenia . . . [by improving] social interactions among these patients because it helps them pick up on the emotions of other people.”
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