Did you know that your brain has its own type of GPS system? It does. And today, the scientists who discovered it have won a Nobel Prize.
Ever since my most recent hospitalization for depression and anxiety, I’ve been fascinated with how the brain works. Ironically, here’s what I find most fascinating: the fact that, in 2014, even the best scientists still consider the brain to be a (pun intended) head-scratching mystery. Even with this Nobel-winning discovery, scientists are JUST NOW BEGGING to understand how people think and do and plan.
There’s an obvious link to mental illness, and especially treatment for mental illness. Anyone who’s ever taken meds for mental illness knows that even the good ones are far from perfect. At times, the side effects — everything from memory loss to addiction — are as troubling as the illness. But then, if there hasn’t been much understanding about how the brain works, it stands to reason that meds designed to help the brain would have some flaws.
To be clear, I am NOT saying that people should steer clear of meds. I take them myself, and I probably wouldn’t be alive without them. But boy, I’d love to see a day when better, more effective meds are created. The more scientists continue to discover about the brain, the faster that day will come.
For more information on the brain’s GPS, click here.