Reasons to be angry

Reuters reports that lower levels of Serotonin can lead to increased anger.

There is a scientific reason why people become more grizzly when hungry, namely that

‘the essential amino acid needed for the body to create Serotonin is only obtained through diet.’

It did make me think though, about how much emotion and feeling is governed by chemicals in the brain. Probably more than we’d like to admit.

3-Amino-5-nitrosalicylic acid

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It’s quite interesting to link this report to an article in the Independent which asks if drugs can be an answer to all manner of behavioural problems.

The article goes on to list a series of ‘behaviours’ that are being medicalised and says, for example, of temper that

‘Losing your temper could lead to a diagnosis of intermittent explosive disorder (IED), a condition that is acquiring its own family of drug and other therapies. Just what IED includes, and excludes, is not clear, but  Mayo Clinic  doctors say: “Road rage. Domestic abuse. Angry outbursts or temper tantrums that involve throwing or breaking objects. Sometimes such erratic eruptions can be caused by a condition known as intermittent explosive disorder.” Some 8 per cent of adults suffer from IED, and doctors at Chicago University are using divalproex sodium, a drug used for epilepsy and bipolar disorder, to treat it.’

I am no scientist (although I did get a GCSE in Chemistry..) but something about medicalising behaviour seems to move away from personal responsibility.

Maybe I just need to make sure I keep a cereal bar on me at all times for those days when I don’t have time for lunch..

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