Fortunately for society, seeking help for mental health issues is increasingly becoming acceptable, and steadily shedding the stigma that it’s been attached to for far too long. While men still don’t talk about their feelings as much as their female counterparts, the shedding of the aforementioned stigma against getting help with mental health issues – if they’re present, why not get help, instead of acting like everything’s A-OK? – has long trapped men, and women, too, inside the prisons of their disordered minds.
Clinical depression is the most common mental health issue facing people around the world, including right here in the United States of America. It often manifests itself by making sufferers: anxious, feel hopeless, sad, restless, difficult to get along with, have less energy than they used to, not sleep well, be unable to concentrate, and prone to gastro-intestinal issues and headaches.
Disadvantaged neighborhoods are more vulnerable
A 2011 study by researchers Liam Downey and Marieke Van Willigen found a strong correlation between mental health disorders and living in close proximity to industrial facilities. For some time, demographical information has indicated that poor households and people of color often live in neighborhoods closer to environmental hazards – think air pollution; loud machinery; streams, lakes, and rivers with gobs of waste dispersed throughout; and similar scenarios – whereas their higher-income, white counterparts typically live further away from such dangers.
Downey – assistant professor of sociology at the University of Colorado – and Van Willigen – East Carolina University’s own associate professor of sociology – suggest that public health officials around the nation should be informed of their findings, and consider approving sites for future industrial activities, businesses, and projects in neighborhoods not dominated by low-income households and persons of color – or whatever the minority race might be; in the United States of America, the majority in almost all places from the Pacific to the Atlantic are white people – and, contrary to business as usual, select spots closer to areas of higher-income households.
At least, those officials should act as such, if they’re interested in achieving true equity for their constituent populations, as well as reducing concentrated populations of people affected by clinical depression in low-income, minority-majority neighborhoods.
Fortunately, here’s how TMS Therapy can help
TMS Health Solutions was formed by Dr. Richard Bermudes in 2007, with locations spread throughout Sacramento, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Northern California. This clinic, better known as TMS Therapy, is a system of mental health facilities that hones its focus on treatment-resistant clinical depression.
The name of this outstanding nexus of facilities comes from the clinical depression treatment of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation – also shortened to TNS – which is a medically-recognized type of brain stimulation that involves targeting painless electromagnetic pulses at the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, the area of the human brain that’s most responsible for clinical depression.
TMS Therapy’s central form of treatment is mild at worst, unlike the intense counterpart to TMS, electroconvulsive “shock” therapy.