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Tiny Electrode in Brain May Be Effective Treatment for Depression

January 10, 2012|Uncategorized

Deep brain stimulation (DSB) involves placement of a tiny electrode in a region of interest in the brain.

DBS has been used for more than a decade to treat Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders. More recently, it also has shown promise for treating symptoms of depression and possibly bipolar disorder when other treatments have not been effective.

For most people, psychotherapy and psychopharmacology will be the best option for depression treatment but for those with intractable depression, the future may include DBS as a treatment option.

Excerpt from report:

A new study provides additional data on the safety and long-term efficacy of subcallosal cingulate SCC deep brain simulation DBS in patients with treatment-resistant depression, including those with bipolar disorder.

Results show that after 2 years of long-term stimulation, there was a 92% response rate and 58% remission rate in 12 patients in the study. No patient who achieved remission had a spontaneous depressive relapse.

Published online January 2, Archives of General Psychiatry via More Good News on Deep Brain Stimulation in Depression.

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