I was intrigued reading about Peter Halvorson’s depression cure: Trepanation, or creating a hole in the skull. I decided to do further research into it and found that it was most commonly used to alleviate pressure in the head, improve brain pulsations and an individual’s overall well being. A trepan is the tool used to make the hole in the head. Many have claimed that after this “operation” they feel happier and more energetic. This practice, surprisingly enough, has been around since the Stone Age! The idea behind this practice is to revert an individual’s brain to its original state, with a soft spot on the skull similar to the soft spot on top of a newborns head, allowing the baby’s brain to pulse freely. Many doctors now state that trepanation was based on magical, superstitious, and /or religious reasons, not for medical reasons. When I first read about this practice, I automatically thought of brain lobotomies. Both seem like barbaric and scary practice to me. I will not be looking into getting this done, personally, nor would I recommend it to anyone else!
If you would like to read more about this practice, check out this website!