Oxytocin & Psychiatric Disorders


Research in the Harvard Review of Psychiatry looks at Oxytocin – a hormone thought to play a role in evaluating and responding to social stimuli – for its possible role in psychiatric disorders. “The evidence suggests a role of oxytocin in the pathophysiology of some psychiatric disorders, particularly those characterized by impairments in social functioning,” according to the authors, ““However, the preliminary nature of the currently available data precludes a clear understanding of the exact nature of this role.”

Abstract →

Cochran, D., Fallon, D., Hill, M., Frazier, J.; The Role of Oxytocin in Psychiatric Disorders: A Review of Biological and Therapeutic Research Findings. Harvard Review of Psychiatry. September/October 2013, 21(5) 219–247 doi: 10.1097/HRP.0b013e3182a75b7d

Of Further Interest:
Could Oxytocin Be Useful in Treating Psychiatric Disorders (Wolters Kluwer Health)
Could Oxytocin Be Useful in Treating Psychiatric Disorders? (News Fix)

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].