October 8, 2009 will be National Depression Screening Day. Screening sites all over the US will be offering free depression screenings. To find a National Depression Screening Day (NDSD) event in your area or take an anonymous screening online. If you are concerned that you may be depressed, take a moment to look up the site nearest you and get your free screening.
Oxytocin plays a big role in brokering all of our relationships. A natural empathogen, oxytocin strengthens marriages, promotes enduring friendships and even engenders trust among strangers. It is also the main driver of the hormonal feedback loop that decreases corticosterone and other stress hormones which help lower blood pressure.
Oxytocin's nickname - "the love hormone" - is well earned – a fact indicated by oxytocin spikes during post-coital afterglow. Contrary to conventional allopathic (western medical) beliefs, the best way to elevate human oxytocin levels is not via supplementation.
- Oral oxytocin supplements are destroyed in stomach acids.
- Intravenous Oxytocin injections are eliminated (half life) in 3 to 6 minutes.
- Aeromatic Oxytocin sprays (AKA perfumes), have no proven efficacy.
The best way to elevate oxytocin levels is to coax our pituitary to release it via modified behavior patterns; hugs, kisses, caresses, touching, eye contact while communicating, singing, laughing . . . and low-dose homeopathic accelerants.
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. Based on our results, we can now conclude that a lack of oxytocin is at least one of the causes for the fear experienced by social phobics." "Oxytocin mediates emotional experiences in close relationships."said Rebecca Turner, PhD, UCSF adjunct assistant professor of psychiatry. "Oxytocin may also play a role in the higher levels of depression and interpersonal stress seen in women."
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