An expert ensures that aggressive behaviors can be controlled with drugs

Barcelona (EFE).- The psychiatrist Emil Coccaro, one of the máximos experts in aggression, impulsive, has assured Efe that it is possible to control the violent conduct of some people using fármacos that regulate the levels of serotonin, a substance in the brain in charge of transmitting the is&bathrooms;ales between neurons. Coccaro, catedrático de psiquiatría, University of Chicago (united States), has carried out a long study with "hundreds of patients" which has been evidenced that the levels of serotonin están directly related to the aggressiveness impulsive or attacks of anger of some people.

Sec&number;n your trials, patients who showed lower levels of this substance química in the brain acting with increased aggression, while, on the contrary, those who reacted in a way más, pacífica react to certain situations or problems tenían a level más high of serotonin. To compensate for the low levels of this neurotransmitter, Coccaro administr’ patients más violent a medicine called fluoxetine, marketed as Prozac, to treat depressive states, capable of increasing the amount of serotonin in the brain. The results, s&number;n Emil Coccaro, were as amazing as encouraging, since about 70 percent of the patients experienced a better’to the see greatly reduced their violent behavior. "The son of a patient very irritable, that even I was going to leave his wife, I pass’ to say that it was as if he had returned to his father, because it wasn’t aggressive", says Coccaro, who this week has gone to Barcelona to speak of "the brain of The violent" in the museum Cosmocaixa. In any case, Coccaro recognizes that the administration’n of this fármaco to reduce aggression does not solve the raíz of the problem, since when the patient stops taking the medicine, serotonin levels return to be reduced and reappears violent behavior. "it is best to administer the medication’re at the same time that it carries out a special therapy, in which ense&bath;to these people to think differently and to learn to control. These tétechniques are taught&bath;ar and put in prápractice to turn them into a háhabit", explains the psychiatrist. In the US, some studies have found that at least 5% of the population’re experiencing problems of this type, but despite the huge expectations which opens up the possibility of treating farmacol’strategically to these individuals, many of them refuse to recognize that están patients and, therefore, to receive medication’re. "people who have had aggressive behavior for a long time does not see it as a problem, but believes that an inherent part of their behavior, and refuses to medicate", says Coccaro. But what is certain is that the aggressiveness of some people, like domestic abusers, or rapists, do not have s’as a source biol’logical, but in the development of this behavior plays a key role the social environment in which it grows, the affected party, as that, s&number;n Coccaro, the amount of serotonin has the brain of a individual is due, mainly, to the social environment in which he lives. EFE