With oxytocin used as an early intervention treatment for autistic kids, synthetic oxytocin stands the chance of being the revolutionary treatment for autism
The discovery of synthetic oxytocin is one of the most profound advances in obstetrics. How does Pitocin facilitate labor, and what adverse effects do you need to be aware of?
Childbirth is the single most dangerous act most modern women will engage in. For many, it's also the most terrifying act and the anticipation of great pain is the source of this fear.
Young guys are almost universally interested in sex, but they also have another thing in common: worrying about whether "releasing sperm" through masturbation too often causes any harmful side effects. Here's what science has to say on the topic.
Women all over the world get folic acid supplements in early pregnancy to prevent birth defects. But are they getting the right forms of the vitamin they need?
Children with autism spectrum disorders are more likely to suffer from anxiety disorders, but diagnosing this anxiety can be harder — and treatment options are not as well studied in this population. What should you do if your autistic child is anxious?
While talk therapy is the first line of treatment for anxiety disorders in children, moderate to severe anxiety that does not respond well to CBT or is so bad that the child can't attend therapy at all calls for antidepressant medication.
The FDA has warned that antidepressant use in children and adolescents is linked with an increased risk of suicidal ideation. This does not mean that SSRIs are never appropriate for kids with anxiety and depression, but it does mean caution is required.
What exactly is the link between temperament — introversion vs extraversion — and anxiety in children? If you're guessing that introverts are more likely to be anxious, you are right. There is more to the story, though.
How can you recognize panic attacks in children, how should you help your child through a panic attack, and what are the best long-term treatments?