Our society has made commendable strides toward a more sensitive understanding of a previously vastly misunderstood condition, one that might have been, in days of yore, met with a snort of derision and a gruff “pull yourself together” that would send those suffering with depression deeper into a cycle from which it can feel like there is no escaping.
While many would argue that funding for mental health research is still vastly under weighted in comparison to the effect that mental illness has on our society – just because an illness is invisible, doesn’t mean that it is not tangible, not real.
Advancements in our comprehension of depression and related ailments have led to ever more sophisticated and effective methods of treatment, as well as an exponentially greater societal acceptance of those suffering with the condition – an amelioration that cannot be dismissed.
It is also heartening to consider that new methods of treating depression are being sought out and researched, as medical researchers look to gain a deeper understanding of the science behind mental illness. Rebecca Brachman is one such benevolent individual, and she thinks that she might have made something of a breakthrough.