Musk has been vocal about Neuralink’s potential assistance in dealing with brain diseases and disorders since the company was founded in July 2016. However, he has rarely, if ever, talked about Link’s ability to fight anxiety and depression disorders. Until the presentation last Friday, which updated the public on the company’s progress, it was unknown if the device could help with these widespread mental illnesses.
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorder is the most common form of mental illness in the United States, and 40 million adults age 18 and older are affected. Only 36.9% of these affected people receive clinical treatment.
Most commonly, patients are treated with powerful prescription medications that can either help or hurt someone who has the disorder. There are lots of prescriptions out there, and doctors and psychiatrists are never short on options.
However, the side effects of medications are usually made up of a long list of things that turn patients off. Sometimes, these treatments can make things worse and lead to dependence and addiction.
Fortunately, Musk is working to combat powerful disorders with a Neurallink device. While anxiety and depression disorders are rarely “cookie-cutter” examples, removable link devices can be used to temporarily combat illnesses while patients seek treatment. Sometimes, conditions can become so bad that patients have trouble leaving their homes, whether it is for a medical or psychiatrist appointment. Neuralink’s tools can help some affected tasks in general, everyday people for short periods.
Having a neurlink device in someone’s brain that is an anxiety or depression disorder can help give patients a taste of everyday life, and provide a flow of positivity in the lives of those who are affected by crippling diseases.
It is unknown when human trials of Neuralink devices will begin. Nevertheless, Link’s capabilities and possibilities can help combat a large amount of medical illnesses that affect everyday life. As anxiety and depression rates increase and the cost of health care becomes higher, Neuralink aims to make an affordable determination for those who do not have access to the necessary treatment treatment. With the right research and development, Neuralink can end the growing anxiety and depression rate and help to cope with the increasing number of suicides before getting help.
See Neuralink presentation below.