Thursday, May 22, 2008

SAD? -Sniff!- Happy!

Medical researchers believe they may have found a nasal spray - yes, a nasal spray - that alleviates social anxiety disorder (SAD¹).

Developed/discovered a few years back, the implications of this discovery are staggering. Thieves and unscrupulous people (such as politicians) could conceivably use the drug on victims to allay their fears and natural instincts, but scientists have other applications in mind.

Hypotocin is a naturally-produced hormone found in animals and humans. Nicknamed the "cuddle chemical," scientists are studying its uses against social disorders, such as autism and SAD. They have concluded that a lack of the hormone can be directly linked to social phobias "specifically relating to trust."

¹ SAD is also an acronym for Seasonal Affective Disorder

© C Harris Lynn, 2008

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