It’s now used to treat autism to relieve the symptoms of social discomfort.
It “lights up” the part of the brain that processes emotional and social information.
Delivered as a nasal spray, the effects wear off after a day or two. This treatment tells us the autistic brain can be awakened.
But, it may work only in a subtype of those with autism and may increase anxiety.
While the effects of long-term use are unknown, the oxytocin spray may be most effective if used just before participating in therapies designed to increase social skills.
The autism advocacy and research organization, Autism Speaks, is conducting extensive research.
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