Neurobiology: Can Telehealth Map the Mind for Depression?

Guest Post by David Stephen

Depression can be described as the feeling of being unavailable. There may not be a reason but it could linger and be quite intense that doing anything may seem difficult. Depression can also be undefined but often categorized with moods, feelings and mostly has to do with the mind.

Neurobiology: Can Telehealth Map the Mind for Depression?

The mind is where knowing and feeling are based, but where in the mind are they? The question is different from where in the brain are feelings or memory, because the brain builds the mind as a complex of a different architecture.

In brain imaging, there are multiple corresponding areas for feelings and memories, but they do not indicate the structure of the mind, neither do they tell how the mind works what is known or felt. Brain cells and molecules are involved in several processes, but those cells and molecules are not felt, known or experienced, hence are not the mind.

The mind determines depression and other mental situations, but how is the mind shaped to bring experiences to bear?

The Mind

The mind has locations like the brain has centers. The components of the mind are constantly in motion like how activities dominate the brain. But the mind has distinctions from the brain due to the specific needs it serves, for internal communication for internal senses and external relations with the world.

The mind is the headquarters of control, regulation, coordination and interpretation of all human systems, exceeding the brain as a biological organ. The mind is primarily two components, quantities and properties or simply, traveling agents and stations—or destinations.

The stations are properties to acquire, so the agents come there to do so. It is what properties quantities [or agents] acquire that determine feelings, memory and reaction. There are quantities that also make new properties, since quantities are in the same form as properties. All internal senses have quantities and properties as well.

There are characteristics of quantities, with one that seems to decide much for depression: pre-prioritized. Quantities can be prioritized or pre-prioritized. The difference between both is access, speed and other forms of priority at that moment, in the location of mind, to acquire properties. There is just one prioritized at any instance but there are often fast and numerous interchanges with pre-prioritized.

Pre-prioritized can still acquire properties to a fair extent. All quantities must be prioritized at once per cycle, to have full access—for drills—to ensure that control or regulation is maintained.

In a depression, pre-prioritized quantities floods to acquire the property of heaviness, irritation, lethargy, despair or others. One of the quantities may then become prioritized, then acquire more.

Also, one of the properties may move to the principal station for properties, then draw massive attention, attracting pre-prioritized quantities for other functions, like muscles and so forth, ensuring that they also feel heavy—or tad unavailable.

Simply, depression is a situation of mind where quantities acquire certain properties for the experience. One of the properties may move to the principal spot, then attract other pre-prioritized quantities of certain internal senses, making things hard to do.

Conceptually, this is how depression works in the mind.


For depression, telehealth can provide a map of mind, first for function, then for structure in a service that can be automated. It would show the relay of mind, conceptually, especially the mostly automatic [or pre-prioritized] determinations that result in depression. The purpose is to know, then to measure, either as a calibration on the scale or to do so, for self, to degrees that can be identified.

Telehealth could be the answer to depression, and by extension, mental health—with the map of the mind.

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