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'Cuddle chemical' could treat mental illness

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    Cuddle chemical could treat mental illness * 14 May 2008 * Maia Szalavitz * Magazine issue 2656 IT has been called the love hormone, the cuddle chemical and
    Message 1 of 1 , May 17, 2008

      'Cuddle chemical' could treat mental illness

          * 14 May 2008
          * Maia Szalavitz
          * Magazine issue 2656

      IT has been called the love hormone, the cuddle chemical and liquid trust. It peaks with orgasm, makes a loving touch magically melt away stress and increases generosity when given as a drug. Oxytocin is the essence of affection itself, the brain chemical that warmly bonds parent to child, lover to lover, friend to friend, and it could soon be unleashing its loved-up powers far and wide.

      Oxytocin has long been used to induce labour and assist the let-down of milk in breastfeeding. Now there is growing interest in its potential as a therapy for mental illnesses characterised by "people problems" - autism, personality disorders, depression, social phobia, psychosis and even impotence. Some tout it as an elixir that makes you more likeable, trustworthy and attractive. Decoding its mysteries could even lead to the development of a powerful new recreational drug that makes ecstasy look like a mild dose of ...
      The complete article is 2461 words long.

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