If there is anything that is constant in this world, it is change. No matter how clichéd this tenet sounds, it will remain applicable to any aspect in our lives. This is especially true when we talk about health. There will come a time that our body will not perform in the same optimum level as it was during our early 20s and that is because of the natural process of aging.
Take our mental functions for example. The older we get, it is expected that we tend to be more forgetful and less capable of remembering specific things. This comes naturally but there is a variation in terms of its extent and that may vary per person. Some people may still retain that sharp memory while others have to cope up with the deterioration of their cognitive capacities.
With the dawn of technology though, improving one’s memory can be easily addressed as compared to before. Nowadays, there are various medications and procedures that can help address issues concerning cognitive performance. In this article, we will be featuring two of the most innovative ways to address mental health issues: nootropics and electromagnetic stimulation.
You may not have heard of nootropics before but they have been around since the 1970s. They are usually known as “smart drugs” or “memory enhancers” and as the names suggest, they refer to a line of medications, supplements, and other related products that assist in improving mental performance.
Nootropics are easily accessible as some of them are bought over-the-counter which explains why they are so popular. The science behind how nootropics function can be very intimidating and complex, so here’s a quick rundown on how it can help improve your cognitive health:
- Prevents the production of free radicals that can damage brain cells
- Helps in improving blood circulation in the brain for improved performance
- Helps in the production of neurotransmitters which play a vital role in cognitive processing
As mentioned earlier, nootropics consist of different products with varying degrees of effectiveness. Therefore, it is important to consult your physician to confirm which kind of nootropic would best suit you.
Electromagnetic brain stimulation
Brain stimulation through electromagnetic waves have been around since the late 1930s. However, it has not garnered that much of a positive response back then partly because of how it was represented in the media. Nowadays, this procedure is considered as an effective way of treating various mental conditions and disorders.
According to the National Institute for Mental Health of NIMH, brain stimulation “involves activating or touching the brain directly with electricity, magnets, or implants”. It is important to take note that this treatment comes in a series, and may require multiple sessions (in cases of depression for example, it may around six to twelve treatments) before its optimum effects take place. Brain stimulation therapies are also non-invasive which means that it does not require any surgical procedures in order to be performed.
In an electromagnetic stimulation, the patient is first sedated with anesthesia and is given with medications that reduce any muscular movement. Afterwards, electrodes are placed in specific portions of the head which transmits electric currents that stimulate the certain parts of the brain. Usually, this treatment comes with side effects like memory loss and the occasional pain but it gradually disappears after repeated sessions.
What electromagnetic stimulation ultimately does is that it helps improve the chemical processes and reactions taking place inside the brain. This is also usually administered only if prior medication does not produce any positive effects to the patient.
There are a lot of ways to address mental health issues and nootropics and electromagnetic stimulation are just some of them. One must always remember that these treatments may only be applicable for cases wherein they are deemed necessary. Always check with your doctor or neurologist to ensure if you would need such interventions.
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