Hypnotherapy and Hypnobalancing™ in Berlin
Psychotherapy in Berlin - Specialization: Fears and Anxiety Disorders

Oxytocin is a hormone that plays an important role in a number of processes such as reproduction, birthing, and maternal bonding. And oxytocin has been associated with generosity, desire, and trust.

Oxytocin is produced by the hypothalamus and stored and secreted by the posterior pituitary gland. It acts primarily as a neuro-modulator in the brain and is known as the bonding hormone. Oxytocin underpins trust and bonding behavior by inducing a calm, warm mood that increases tender feelings and attachment and may lead us to lower our guard. Many studies have looked at oxytocin’s role in various behaviors, like an orgasm, social recognition, pair bonding, anxiety, and decision making. It has a huge impact on our life. It has an immense impact on trust. Trust is indispensable in friendship, love, families and organizations.

Oxytocin has the best reputation. But maybe it is two-faced. Presumably, oxytocin also intensifies positive social memories and, thereby, increases feelings of well-being. But oxytocin also appears to be the reason stressful social situations reverberate long past the event and can trigger fear and anxiety in the future because the hormone actually strengthens social memory in one specific region of the brain.

If a social experience is negative or stressful, the hormone activates a part of the brain that intensifies the memory. Oxytocin also increases the susceptibility to feeling fearful and anxious during stressful events going forward.

The study of the function of oxytocin with anxiety disorders has only recently begun. The findings are important because chronic social stress is one of the leading causes of anxiety and depression, while positive social interactions enhance emotional health.


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These pages are intended to provide information for those interested in psychotherapy using hypnotherapy. It is not intended to replace psychotherapy or personal consultation, examination or diagnosis by a licensed medical practitioner. I am not a medical doctor. I specialize in helping people with anxiety and anxiety disorders. The profession of a hypnotherapist (official license to practice psychotherapy according to the HPG) is fundamentally different from that of a medical doctor. Medical diagnoses are not made, nor are promises of healing made or medication prescribed. Hypnotherapy is not a substitute for medical or psychiatric intervention where this is required.

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Published: March 12, 2007
Author: Karsten Noack
Revision: August 15, 2023
Translation: August 23, 2019
German version:
AN: #132

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