‘Love Hormone’ May Help Treat Personality Disorder

Medscape Medical News > Psychiatry Fran Lowry, Oct 11, 2013

“The neuropeptide oxytocin, which has been shown to reduce anxiety in social situations, enhance the recognition of facial expressions, and shift attention from negative to positive information, may decrease social-threat hypersensitivity in women with borderline personality disorder…The study was published in the October issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry…The study findings suggest that patients with borderline personality disorder show a hypersensitivity to social threat in early reflexive stages of information processing, commented Eric Hollander, MD, from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the Montefiore Medical Center, New York City, in an accompanying editorial…Dr. Hollander suggests combining therapeutic agents that enhance oxytocin signaling with psychosocial interventions aimed at teaching social skills and social decision making for patients with borderline personality disorder and perhaps other diagnoses such as depression…”

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Hypnotherapy offers techniques which can encourage the learning and rehearsal of new social skills and social decision making amongst other things. The hormone oxytocin is found to be related to a variety of live phenomenon, from social empathy, immune system boosting to orgasm amongst others. Working with hypnotherapy we may be able to stimulate or encourage some of these phenomenon. If oxytocin is released in the body when these phenomenon take place, then perhaps we have a chance of increasing its release by rehearsing the phenomenon which increase its segregation.

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About Anna Pons

Certificat (CPPD), Post Graduat Certificat (PGCert) i Post Graduat Diploma (PGD) en Hipnoteràpia Clínica, London College of Clinical Hypnosis (LCCH) i Universitat de West London (UWL)
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