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Deep Brain Stimulation for Depression

Neurologist Helen Mayberg learned from neuroimaging studies how mood is regulated in neural networks in the brain’s subgenual cingulated region (SCG). Her research led her to develop deep brain stimulation for patients with severe depression who have not responded to other treatments. Electrical stimulation of the SCG seems to improve the treatment of depression, as it does the treatment of some patients with Parkinson's disease, epilepsy, and dystonia. Data from an early study found deep brain stimulation was safe and that it led to significant improvement in patients as early as one month after treatment, with continued and sustained improvement over time. Followup studies are underway with more patients. Full story >