Vasopressin (also known as AVP, arginine vasopressin, argipressin or antidiuretic hormone ADH) is a peptide hormone which plays an important role in increasing water re-absorption in the kidneys.
AVP has also been implicated in male-typical social behaviours, including aggression and pair-bond formation. It has also been shown to reduce anxiety.
Because of this, some people believe that AVP could be useful as an intervention for some of the problems faced by some people with autism spectrum disorders.
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