Drugs against unwanted behavior?

In the United Kingdom, the fight against so-called anti-social behavior has been rampant for years "antisocial behavior" Scientists now want to find out its physiological cause

For years, anti-social behavior in relation to children and young people has been grouped together in Great Britain and punished by the ASBOs (Anti-Social Behavior Order) ("We strike back"). Creative ideas (respect through supervision and punishment) were developed again and again, how the tendency to antisocial behavior could be stopped as early and creatively as possible (regular e-mails from school..). The government considers everything from graffiti to disturbing the peace, drinking in public, leaving gauze behind, snitching, or dealing drugs, which can "negatively affect others".

Despite the rough spectrum of antisocial behavior, British scientists from the University of Cambridge now want to have found out what is supposed to be partly responsible for it in male youths. Thus, the bodies of young people who have "antisocial behavior are said to be less" under stress emitted less cortisol than adolescents who had not exhibited antisocial behavior. The scientists measured salivary cortisol levels over several days during periods of no stress and then under experimental conditions that produce frustration. In the "normal" adolescents, cortisol levels rose steeply, while those with severe antisocial "with severe antisocial behavior" they decreased.

Cortisol levels usually rise under stress, scientists say, making people more cautious while allowing them to better control their emotions, including aggression. If there was a link between cortisol levels and anti-social behavior, then this had to be seen as an expression of mental illness associated with physiological symptoms, they say. After that, there was little point in disciplining young people with ASBOs; rather, they had to be treated medically. So some people became more easily "antisocial", just as others were prone to depression or anxiety (though it is also debatable here whether in fact medicating the supposed physiological symptoms is the therapeutic kingpin).

In any case, scientists believe that it is possible to "new treatments for severe behavioral problems" Develop when finding out exactly why some young people do not show a normal stress response. This would probably lead to the treatment of children and adolescents with drugs in order to save the lives of the affected adolescents and the "improve the lives of the young people concerned and the community in which they live". In addition, the state could save billions – and, it could be added, society and the conditions in which children and young people grow up would not have to change.

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