The Mysterious Brain
One of the most frustrating parts of all medicine is that we really don’t know much about the human brain yet. We know some things, but only the most basic outlines. We don’t know how modular the brain is. We don’t know how good the brain is at regenerating itself. We don’t know when cognitive decline starts and we don’t know all of the best ways to prevent it, and we don’t even know if it is an inevitable part of the aging process.
Since aging appears to be a function of damage and not just an inevitable and programmed process, it looks like cognitive decline is not completely inevitable. However, we really do not know the truth. The human brain is like quantum theory: if you think you understand quantum theory, you don’t understand quantum theory.
As such, the people who are looking for actual medication for their mental health problems are going to have a hard time when it comes to getting anything that is going to work. Lots of medications for depression and similar mental health problems are not even thoroughly tested on humans to begin with, and even if they are, the doctors are barely even going to take the most basic health precautions a lot of the time. Doctors sometimes don’t even check your weight in order to make sure that the dosage is correct, and this is the sort of thing that can really skew the behavior of the entire drug.
As such, I really don’t have any problem with the alternative methods of treating depression. Depression is just the sort of problem that can respond to a lot of different stimuli, and that includes the stimuli that can make people feel better in an instant. We know that food alters people’s brain chemistry to a certain extent, that exercise can do the same thing, and that pretty much everything related to a person’s experience has an effect on his or her mind. All of these related remedies can actually help a person more than some of the depression medication types on the market today, and that is partly a function of the mysterious brain.
The brain is very hard to people to understand because it changes so quickly compared to most other organs. The processes of the brain are also so difficult for people to comprehend using the imaging technology that we have today and everything else of that nature. So much is going beneath the surface with the brain, which regenerates and changes and alters itself constantly that it feels like you have to catch it at the right second in order to understand it, and our imaging technology does not make that easy.
People who have actual mental diseases are in bad luck, since they live in a time period where people know about as much about the brain as people did about the digestive system five hundred years ago. That’s tough to acknowledge if you are a person who is struggling with mental health disorders of any kind. However, it is important for people to remember that it is possible to become healthier mentally even in the age of the mysterious brain. Don’t feel like it’s your fault if you can’t, since the best scientific minds of your day don’t really know how to help you even if they say that they can.