March 13, 2007

Hormoans

From BBC News: Teenage mood swing hormone found

Scientists found it in our girlfriends, am I right fellows? Zingeroo-snap!

Oh, wait. I don't have a girlfriend. Never mind.

Well, this is a pretty hideous study:
A hormone called THP is normally released in response to stress . . .

They found that the target for the hormone, a specific receptor, is more prevalent in the part of the brain which regulates emotion during puberty . . .

[Study leader] Dr [Sheryl] Smith and her team were able to genetically alter the receptor to reverse the puberty effect.

She said it might also be possible to block the effect of the hormone.
Ugh, that's right, we want to further medicalise our already hyperactive/depressed/obese/breathing children and try to "cure" what is widely acknowledged as a normal part of growing up. Holy God, that's not a bad idea at all, is it? Get it into your head, medical science: children are people, not malfunctioning washing machines.

I don't know how the rest of you feel about this, but frankly without the often painful experiences of my angsty teenage years I would probably still be throwing irrational temper tantrums at every tiny melodrama that came my way. I can understand why parents may want to do without moody assholes living upstairs for a few years, but what possible benefit can there be to children of levelling out their teenage years into one grey, monotonous, emotional flatline?

Oh, but wait, that's not at all what this study is about. Explains Dr Smith:
"This research has revealed that there is a biological basis for a teenager's mood swings . . .

"As adults, we just deal with things, but it is harder for teenagers because of their biology. I think it's important for people to know that."
See, they're just trying to educate people about the biological basis of teenage mood swings, because NOBODY has EVER described a teenager as "hormonal". Viz. the first sentence of the article:
Teenage mood swings are known to be down to hormones.
Yeesh.

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