Whenever we keep hearing about a mass shooting in America, we immediately pivot back to discussions about mental illness and how we’re not paying enough attention to the issue. Once those discussions come up, it doesn’t take long for it to get tucked away for the umpteenth time with no solutions or movement by the government to help fund more research. It turns out there may have been some secret things going on after all that were kept quiet until now. One of those is the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) experimenting with brain implants to potentially help those in the military with certain mental disorders.
Is it possible psychiatrists and doctors may not be necessary in the future to help treat mental illnesses that seem to have little solutions? When you take a look at the possibilities of DARPA’s brain implants, you can see a more positive road ahead that goes beyond solving basic illnesses they’ll be covering now.
The Immediate Benefit on Those with Depression, Anxiety, and PTSD
While it’s going to take five years of study, DARPA’s intent is to help those with the most common mental illnesses we see in military personnel. The technology is taking advantage of how small devices are becoming now to a point where they can be inserted into internal organs for both monitoring and possible help in solving a problem. Not long ago, there was already news about implantable devices being tested that go into the human heart where they can alert doctors to problems as well as providing an immediate stimulation to prevent coronary events.
DARPA basically describes these new brain implants as similar where they’ll help track problems while synonymously helping to alleviate a problem. Certain regions of the brain that make people prone to depression or post-traumatic stress disorder would be stimulated and help a person theoretically feel more normal without the need of more protracted treatments.
It’s a eye-opening development that’s radically different from the public wanting the government to fund more research into mental illnesses and why they’re happening. Even if there may be dozens of new mental illnesses that don’t have a name, many of the shootings that are happening seem to be the result of basic depression or elements of PTSD.
Since DARPA’s brain implants are planning to read real-time electrical activity in brain cells, will we eventually find more information on unknown mental illnesses far too many may be suffering from?
Brain Stimulation as the New Psychiatrist or Medication
CBS just canceled a show called “Intelligence” that dealt with a detective who has a microchip implanted in his brain. In the show, it was intended as an internal way to use the information superhighway rather than to help cure mental illness. But it’s not out of the realms of possibility that everyone might have a microchip in their brain to help control a mental condition someday. If so, it’s a revolutionary step forward in finally cutting out medications and psychiatrists for mentally ill people when they don’t always help anyway.
The whole key to finally helping people with mental illnesses we still don’t understand is to have them be aware they have it and be willing to use the implant so they can be studied. Unfortunately, many of the people who inflict violence on people aren’t necessarily willing patients who admit they have a mental illness, making the issue still a major social problem.
For those that do volunteer, though, the concern of mental illness being the root center of our gun violence may someday be controlled if it goes beyond just being jilted members of society.