Here’s the Background Story:
Cases of depression and other mood disorders in America’s youth are increasing at an alarming rate. Many factors contribute to these conditions, so there’s no single solution for everyone. Treatments for depression need to be determined on a case-by-case basis until we have a panacea for all. Hormone blockers are among some of the most recent methods being used.
Here Are the Contributing Factors:
The introduction of hormone blockers is a recent trend that some have adopted to combat severe depression. They seem to work for some adolescents, but tinkering with one’s fundamental biology is largely uncharted territory. Not everyone thinks they should be used. Some even go so far as to say it’s akin to “playing God.”
One argument for hormone blockers is that they do seem to work in specific cases. They seem to limit the risk of suicide and prevent other negative psychological tendencies to manifest. Some research shows that female to male changes imply a reduced risk of mood and anxiety disorders, though the opposite trend occurs with a male to female switch.
On the other hand, hormone blockers prevent adolescents from the full experience of growing up and truly learning about themselves. They become deprived of the ordinary experiences that their peers go through, and that may cause some detrimental long-term issues.
We just don’t know the full long-term effects of hormone blockers on those that start on them young. Does altering their gender at an early age allow more time to explore themselves, or are they “frozen” in a prolonged childhood unable to keep up with their peers? There’s a frustrating lack of qualitative studies that explore these questions.
This Is What Other People Think:
Poll: Should Hormone Blockers Be Used to Treat Mental Health Issues?
36% Voted Yes
64% Voted No
What Do You Think?
Even if they do show positive results for a small number of people, are hormone blockers treating the cause or merely the symptoms? Tell us what you think.