Remote Control Treatment for Depression, Anxiety, and PTSD?

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Imagine treating anxiety, depression, or PTSD with tiny nanoparticles inserted directly into your adrenal glands and operated with a remote control. Read this.

Remote Control Treatment for Depression, Anxiety, and PTSD?

Many mental health disorders, including illnesses like depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are linked to abnormal levels of the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline. Imagine treating these life-disruptive illnesses with tiny nanoparticles inserted directly into your adrenal glands and operated with a remote control. While that sounds like the stuff of science-fiction, such a treatment may be in reach, say researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Located atop the kidneys, the adrenal glands are a key player in mental health, engaging in continuous two-way interaction with the brain via the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis. Researchers recently worked with rodents to better understand the connection.

Here’s how it worked in the study:

  • Scientists created nanoparticles made of magnetite
  • The nanoparticles were injected directly into the adrenal glands of rats
  • Researchers remotely activated the nanoparticles with a magnetic field to cause them to heat up
  • Heat stimulates certain ion channels that control the flow of calcium into the adrenal glands, thus triggering the production and release of the hormones cortisol and adrenaline

This study and projects to follow will help scientists understand more precisely how the body operates and lead to new ways of applying this knowledge to improve mental health. While treatment of mental disorders using remotely controlled nanoparticles is quite likely a long way off, that scientists are seeking to better understand the brain and body is encouraging.


Massachusetts Institute of Technology. (2020). Researchers achieve remote control of hormone release. ScienceDaily. Retrieved from

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Peterson, T. (2020, August 4). Remote Control Treatment for Depression, Anxiety, and PTSD?, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 21 from

Last Updated: September 12, 2020

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