‘Stress Hormone’ Cortisol Linked to Depression in Boys

Holy Hormones Journal:  This is a very interesting study showing that imbalanced hormones affects both boys and girls. It is now thought that the hormone, cortisol affects genders differently. Males and female bodies are different period. We need to have a medical system that supports those differences – not one that lumps all of us in the same category.

I love the statement below by Dr. Carmine Pariante, a professor of biological psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London (not linked to the study) “All hormones, including sexual hormones, influence brain function and behavior.”

This is another reason why micronutrition before and during pregnancy is crucial for infant development.

Putting these young children on anti-psychotics leads to aggressive behavior, addiction and suicidal ideation. The brain does not fully mature until age 25.

CBS News
February 17, 2014

SONY DSCLONDON — A saliva test for teen boys with mild symptoms of depression might help identify those who will develop major depression later in life, according to new research.

British researchers measured levels of the so-called “stress hormone” cortisol in teenage boys, and found that ones with high levels coupled with mild depression symptoms were up to 14 times more likely to suffer clinical depression later in life than those with low or normal cortisol levels.

The test was tried on teenage boys and girls, but found to be most effective with boys.

“This new biomarker suggests that we may be able to offer a more personalized approach to tackling boys at risk for depression,” lead study author Dr. Matthew Owens, a researcher in the department of psychiatry at the University of Cambridge in the U.K., said in a statement. “This could be a much needed way of reducing the number of people suffering from depression, and in particular stemming a risk at a time when there has been an increasing rate of suicide amongst teenage boys and young men.”

The study was paid for by the Wellcome Trust and the results were published online Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academies of Science.

About one in six people suffer from clinical depression at some point in their lives, and most mental health disorders start before age 24. There is currently no biological test to spot depression.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.