Keep ’em Off SSRIs!!!

In strange but true science news this week, a new study shows that when serotonin spikes in the bodies of desert locusts, they begin to exhibit swarming behavior. According to the study, locusts usually avoid one another, but when forced into close proximity, they generate tremendous volumes of serotonin and begin to exhibit swarming behavior.

I heard a report on this on the BBC this morning, where the reporter asked, “Why can’t you just spray a serotonin inhibitor when swarms begin to develop, to prevent the behavior?” The scientist seemed momentarily taken-aback, because as anyone who’s got a thimbleful of pop psychology knows that low serotonin levels in humans leads to depression. “Um,” said the scientist, “well, we thought it might make sense to continue the research until we find a chemical that is, um, *specific* to locusts.”

Duh.

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