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Helmet That Cures Your Depression?

Depression cases have been growing in number around the world these past years. According to the World Health Organization, depression affects 300 million people worldwide. Also, according to them, around 800,000 people die each year due to suicide. That would be one person every 40 seconds. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death in 15-29 years old. Already scientists are conducting numerous studies regarding this and how it can be solved. Then comes this weird helmet from BrainsWay, popularized by the now living meme Bre Hushaw.

Hushaw has been hearing from people all around the world who want to try it, or at least want to know how it works. Her life as a meme began when she agreed to an on-camera interview with the local-news site AZfamily.com for a story headlined “Helmet Approved by FDA to Treat Depression Available in Arizona.” The feel-good tale of Hushaw’s miraculous recovery from severe depression was tossed into the decontextualizing maw of the internet and distilled down to a screenshot of a young woman looking like a listless Stormtrooper.

Learn more about this depression helmet and how it works on The Atlantic.

(Image Credit: Bre Hushaw)


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