In late 2012, the state of West Virginia received a $476,000 grant from the federal government to expand mental health care across the state. The money will be used to meet the mental health needs of active military personnel, military veterans, and children who are considered most “at risk.” For residents of towns such as Huntington, WV who may have lacked adequate mental health care in the past, this will help many receive the care they need.
Stimulating the Brain
Treating mental health disorders typically involves some form of psychotherapy (talk therapy) and possibly medications. There are also other treatments that may not be familiar to many people. Called brain stimulation therapies, these procedures are used to treat depression and other mental health disorders by contacting the brain through magnets, electric current or brain implants. Three of these procedures are listed below:
- Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). Used if other treatment options are not effective, an electric current is passed through the brain, which helps to relieve symptoms of severe depression.
- Vagus nerve stimulation. The vagus nerve is part of a pair of important nerves that runs from the brain to rest of the body. An implanted device sends electrical pulses through the vagus affecting the area of the brain that controls moods.
- Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation. A magnet is used to stimulate the brain; used to treat depression, psychosis, and other mental health disorders.
Help for Loved Ones
If someone you love in Huntington is experiencing mental health issues, make sure they get the help they need. To learn more about care options available for your loved one, contact us at the above number today.