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Guest Post: Hormones-Playing the Blame Game

A guest post by Xe'nedra:

So…some days I just feel down in the dumps and today was one of those days. My friend came over to visit and I was looking forward to seeing him. Shortly after he arrived however I started feeling super sad for some unknown reason and the day went into a downward spiral from there on. Now, I am generally a bubbly person so I realized that there must be something causing this terrible feeling. Mom mentioned it might be my hormones so I decided to do some research.

Hormones are chemical substances that are released into your body by certain glands and they have very specific effects on our bodies. For developing girls in particular the ovaries release a hormone called oestrogen. Oestrogen in turn increases your serotonin levels. Is that a blank stare I see? Let me explain. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that improves your mood, regulates sleep and appetite and controls anger and aggression, among other functions.

Well, well, well, clearly my serotonin levels were not the problem, or else I would have been happy-if I understand its effect correctly, that is. So what else could it be? I suddenly realized that it takes two to tango! LIGHTBULB!!!

Similar to my developing body producing hormones, the body of an adolescent boy does the same. The hormone is called testosterone and as my friend is 14 years old I can only assume that his testosterone levels are very high at present. So…on to researching testosterone I went.

Testosterone is a hormone that has many effects on the body of a developing boy. Testosterone is produced in the testes (testicles) and it makes his voice deeper, produces body hair and also makes his muscles grow larger. Boys also can get very moody during puberty and although it is not completely proven that testosterone affects aggression in men there have been some research that has shown a correlation.

Another thing to bear in mind is that he a few years older than me and even though we have the same interests his mind is probably lurking around in the kissing department whereas mine is not quite there yet. Besides I think my dad would get his shotgun ready if I was. He must have been frustrated not being able to pursue this interest hence the terrible mood.

In light of this information the conclusion I draw from this is that possibly my mom was wrong. (Shock and horror!) Maybe it was not our hormones that were directly to blame for the terrible day but instead rather the fact that I am young, free, and innocent and that he was being an idiot.

Yes, it was definitely all his fault! May the fleas of a thousand camels infest his armpits and NO I am NOT at all moody but thanks for asking.

Featured image credit: Son of Groucho


Xe'nedra is a preteen free thinker who maintains an above 80% academic average. Due to the need for a private education she attends a Catholic School and can often be found in class rolling her eyes.  She is also an SA Champion kick-boxer and loves skateboarding and golf. She blogs as The Sceptic Kid and would like to study either Forensic Entomology or Medicine once she gets to University.

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  1. March 26, 2012 at 9:37 am —

    Awesome piece of work!

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