A recent study demonstrated that pregnant women with low oxytocin have a
higher risk of postpartum depression. This is not surprising. Oxytocin is
the bonding hormone and many studies have demonstrated how low oxytocin can
cause unhappy parenting. Young fathers with low oxytocin are often
indifferent or even violent. When given oxytocin spray they seem happier and
are more likely to encourage their children to explore during playtime.
Mothers with higher oxytocin levels are more likely to coo to their babies
in a playful voice. High oxytocin mothers also smile at their babies and are
more flexible to changes in its moods. They also touch more and look into
their babies eyes, sing lullaby's (singing releases oxytocin). And, of
course, parents that spend more time looking into each other's eyes release
more oxytocin with each other, always a good thing in any family unit..
Mechanics of oxytocin and depression.
Serotonin is one of our most well understood feel-good neurotransmitters and
the focus of the vast majority of antidepressants. Magnetic resonance
imaging (MRI) has taught us that oxytocin works at the 5-HT1A serotonin
receptor site. Serotonin is found in great density in the amygdala, the seat
of all of our negative memories, fears and anxieties. Increased oxytocin in
the amygdala triggers serotonin. Serotonin decreases blood pressure, heart
rate, mitigates aggression and promotes calm behavior. Clearly, oxytocin and
serotonin have a quid pro quo relationship that can bring faster relief and
greater efficacy to any SSRI based antidepressant protocol. Oxytocin is the
perfect adjunct to 5HTP therapy. Buy oxytocin here.
Plasma oxytocin levels in depression and their correlation with the
temperament dimension of reward dependence
Caroline J. Bell1*, Helen Nicholson2, Roger T. Mulder1, Sue E. Luty1, Peter
1 Department of Psychological Medicine, Christchurch School of Medicine and
Health Sciences, Christchurch, New Zealand
2 Anatomy and Structural Biology, Health Sciences, Otago School of Medical
Sciences, Dunedin, New Zealand
Evidence suggests that the neuropeptide oxytocin plays a role in social
affiliation. This behaviour may be related more to personality dimensions
than specific psychiatric diagnoses. This study investigated the
relationship between plasma oxytocin levels and personality dimensions using
the Temperament and Character Inventory (TCI) in 60 outpatients with major
depression. The strongest correlation was between plasma oxytocin levels and
the temperament dimension of Reward Dependence (0.425 Pearson correlation).
This suggested that 17% of the variance in plasma oxytocin levels was
explained by the Reward Dependence scores. There was a significant positive
correlation between plasma oxytocin levels and the Reward Dependence
Nicknamed the "cuddle chemical" because it renders a warm and fuzzy feeling
inside, oxytocin, (a naturally produced hormone) has been shown via brain
scan to lower activity in the amygdala - a region which is overactive in
social phobics. "We now know for the first time what exactly is going on in
the brain when oxytocin increases trust," lead researcher Dr Thomas
Baumgartner said, "We found that oxytocin has a very specific effect in
social situations. It seems to diminish our fears. To buy oxtocin, click here.