One of modernity’s main side-effect is depression. We’ve evolved to soon, to fast for our genetic code. We’ve lost a significant part of our senses, like the smell, touch, hearing, and sight, and that made our brain lose its chemical balance, which made us feel hopeless—the faster the technology, the lower the sense of well-being.
Our eyes were made for gazing, but our horizon has moved at our arm-length, where we hold our touchscreens. Our years were made to listen to the wolves’ hauling, but we’ve covered them with screaming year plugs. Our fingers were designed to recognize a watermark, but we’re caressing a slippery touchscreen. Our nostrils were intended to fuel our whole body with oxygen, and we’ve ended up breathing fossil fuel emissions.
How can our brains adapt to all of that at once? It is less than 100 years since we’re doing it at this velocity. Our conceptual brain might have been made for this, but our physical brain wasn’t. We’re depressed, as we should be. We’re only humans on the way to become humans barely.
Fighting Depression With A New Headset
Since we can’t stop what we’ve started, then we need to go on. And we do. Flow Neuroscience launched for those of us struggling with depression, the Flow Headset. Using transcranial direct current stimulation, the new device was proved in a clinical study to cure up to 24% of those suffering from depression. If you aren’t among the lucky 24%, then you can hope you could fit in the 41% of those experiencing a decrease in the symptoms by half.
“Randomized controlled trials published in the New England Journal of Medicine and the British Journal of Psychiatry showed that this type of brain stimulation had a similar impact to antidepressants, but with fewer and less-severe side effects,” says Daniel Mansson, a clinical psychologist and co-founder of Flow.
Transcranial direct current stimulation is a form of neuromodulation that excites those regions of your brain that control emotional expression and specific cognitive skills. If you suffer from depression, then most likely, you have lower neural activity in those parts of your motor.
The device consists of a wireless headset, controlled by an app called Flow – Depression that will send minute signals to your brain. Also, “while stimulating, you engage in virtual behavior therapy with the app. The sessions give you step-by-step instructions on how to improve sleep, exercise, and nutrition. A complete meditation module is also included,” says Flow on the site. So, there you go! You also get behavioral counseling. These days, it might be the only answer for those struggling with depression and decided to stay home.