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Wanna suppress anxiety, read this!

Discussion in 'Mental Health Disorders' started by Cpt-Fantastic, Dec 30, 2011.

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  1. Cpt-Fantastic

    Cpt-Fantastic Banned Member

    20-second medicine

    I was reading this book called The Female Brain by Louann Brizendine and according to Brizendine a rush of oxytocin and dopamine to the brain will suppress anxiety. And one way to release oxytocin in women is hugging and cuddling. Oxytocin is naturally released in the brain after a twenty-second hug, triggering the trust circuits, Men, she says, have to be touched two to three times more frequently to sustain the same levels of oxytocin as women.

    So start of your day with a 20-second hug and suppress anxiety, doctors order!
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  2. gloomy

    gloomy Account Closed

    Re: 20-second medicine

    That's actually more depressing than inspiring, but I guess I could start hugging inanimate objects.
  3. hornbeam

    hornbeam Well-Known Member

    Re: 20-second medicine

    well yes thank you for takingthe time to print this out - I think however if we all had that someone special on hand to hug-we wouldnt be here.......
  4. texaskitty

    texaskitty SF Cat Lady Staff Member Safety & Support SF Supporter

    Re: 20-second medicine

    That is very interesting. I never knew that.

    I did know that lack of touch for babies is bad for their development, maybe this is in the same way.


    and heres a :hug: its only cyber but its the best I can do!
  5. alixer

    alixer SF Supporter

    Re: 20-second medicine

    Men need 2-3 times more than that? As a guy, I'm actually not surprised. We know that. It does however fly in the face of a lot of stereotypes.
  6. Mr Stewart

    Mr Stewart Well-Known Member

    Re: 20-second medicine

    I am curious if the study was limited to human contact specifically, or if the same alleged benefit could be gotten from, say, a pet?
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