Even though we can blast brand-new cars on fast tracks to the Red Planet, manage to program multi-million-dollar rockets so well that they land themselves safely on planet Earth for reuse in future missions, and – as a society at large, at least – put supercomputers in virtually everyone’s hand, we still don’t know much about the human brain.
While the brain and its inner workings largely remain a mystery, the same can’t be said about the physical body. Our life expectancies, as a global society, have risen some 30 to 40 years across the board, all thanks to developments in medicine, more or less.
Preventative care helps bodies operate more smoothly, surgeries return us to tip-top shape, and medicine can manage to thoroughly kill off excessive bacteria, viruses, and other microscopic pests; all of this is great, but it goes to show that the history of medicine has featured an overwhelming bias towards physical health and against its mental counterpart.
As time marches onward, however, tried, trained, and true researchers uncover more and more mysteries about the human brain. One of these developments was uncovered by sociologists Marieke van Willigen and Liam Downey, both sociologists at universities within the United States, back in August 2011.
According to an old-school researcher of sociology, Mr. Leonard Pearlin, stress can be broken down into a three-phase model called the “stress process”: sources of stress include just about anything and everything under the Sun; symptoms caused by the boiling-over of stress within the mind; and mediators, or things that are readily able to reduce levels of stress in people’s minds.
Anyways, back to the research from Downey and van Willigen; they found that people living too close to big businesses, product distribution centers, factories, and other industrial activity suffer from clinical depression both more frequently than those living further away from industrial activity and suffer from more intense episodes, on average, when compared to their further-away-from-industrial-activity counterparts.
Chronic stressors are some of the worst sources of mental stress, as such sources that persist for long periods of time have more dire effects on individuals and those around them. This is especially true for low-income neighborhoods, as, by the rule of economic activity and its tie to political sway, they are almost always closer to industrial activity than residential areas with higher incomes, on average.
Oftentimes, in order to get successful help for one’s clinical depression symptoms, they must receive innovative treatment that isn’t offered at most mainstream doctors’ offices and counselors’ talk spaces.
This one practice can certainly help
TMS Therapy, founded by a psychiatric specialist holding a doctorate in the field in San Francisco, California back in 2007, treats hundreds of clients with depression that’s proven resistant to most other treatments through the power of transcranial magnetic stimulation, a highly innovative therapy.
Dr. Richard Bermudes’ TMS Therapy can be found all throughout California, of which all locations under the TMS Therapy umbrella offer innovative transcranial electromagnetic stimulation therapy.