How the 'love hormone' could help abused kids beat drugs
from Macquarie University
Early life stress such as neglect and sexual, physical and emotional abuse has long been associated with drug addiction and mental illness later in life. Now, a comprehensive study led by Dr Sarah Baracz, from Macquarie University’s Department of Psychology, has linked drug abuse to changes caused by early life stress (ELS) in the body’s oxytocin system, which plays a pivotal role in the regulation of social behaviors and emotion.
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