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Efforts At Mapping The Human Brain

September 14, 2015

The first efforts to map the human brain and fully understand this organ occurred in the early 1960s, and there have been many initiatives, projects, and organizations devoted to this effort since then. In April 2013, President Obama announced the White House BRAIN Initiative. BRAIN stands for Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies. The BRAIN Initiative is designed to focus on completely revolutionizing the way that modern medicine and science understand brain function. The goal is to help researchers unlock important information about brain disorders and mental health disorders.

Many American veterans are struggling with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), depression, PTSD, and numerous other physical and mental disorders that affect their brain function or structure. Currently, brain injuries, diseases, and mental health disorders are not fully understood, and as a result, treatment options are somewhat limited. As researchers uncover more about the human brain and map additional areas of this organ, more effective treatments may be developed form many brain and mental health disorders and conditions so that better outcomes are possible.

Brain mapping is only in its early stages, but advanced medical imaging and neurotechnologies mean that this step is very possible and it is just a matter of time before this uncharted territory is explored. Once mental health disorders like PTSD, depression, anxiety, and physical brain injuries are understood, then the cause of these issues can be addressed and resolved far more effectively. Currently, the suicide rate among US veterans is unacceptably high, and this population has higher than average rates of many physical and mental disorders which could benefit from further knowledge about how the brain functions. If you are a veteran who is struggling with TBI or PTSD, feel free to have a chat with a peer here.

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