The brain is a very big place

The Walrus has published an interesting article on depression, with writer Simon Lewsen explaining how little we know about mental illness. While one theory suggests that a depressed brain is “noisy”, “failing to properly distinguish between salient and irrelevant stimuli”, the majority of research on depression is a “study of symptoms”. The catch-all diagnosis doesn’t denote what is physically happening in the brain. 

While we’re talking about feeling down… 

Finally a good use for virtual reality! Psychologists are using VR headsets with PTSD patients in a technique known as “prolonged exposure”. One therapist said, “It’s the closest thing our field has to just making opioids available over the counter.” Also, a recent study found that laughing gas relieved symptoms of patients suffering depression. So maybe it’s true that laughter is the best medicine…

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