A new five-year program launched by DARPA hopes to one day help treat a range of psychiatric conditions, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), using brain implant technology.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, has officially announced a $70 million project that could produce technology to combat depression, anxiety, and other common conditions found among US service members that have seen combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“We’ve seen far too many times where military personnel have neuropsychiatric disorders and there’s very few options,” Justin Sanchez, a program manager with DARPA, told NPR.
Researchers at the University of California San Francisco, along with Massachusetts General Hospital, will be looking at brain implant devices that can both monitor and electrically stimulate the brain.
The goals of the program are an extension of a White House initiative announced by President Obama to explore the human brain. That project, known as BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies), announced by Obama last year, directed Congress to earmark $100 million in 2014 to “better understand how we think and how we learn and how we remember.” …
In the past they used shock treatment to erase memories and subdue troublemakers but I’m sure this is more lucrative and “scientific.” One could not find a more raw expression of the psychiatric approach to emotional suffering: blame the victim. Heaven forbid that this sick society ever be diagnosed as such, it’s much more lucrative to medicalize the collateral damage than shut down the war machine. The pentagon’s tradition of “destroying a village in order to save it” has come full circle.