187. Deep Brain Stimulation

There is an upcoming medical advancement that could offer hope and encouragement to those with major depression who have so far been treatment resistant.

Researchers from a German hospital have implanted pacemaker electrodes into the medial forebrain bundle in the brains of patients suffering from major depression with amazing results: in six out of seven patients, symptoms improved both considerably and rapidly for periods of up to 18 months after the intervention. The method of Deep Brain Stimulation had already been tested on various other structures within the brain, but with less dramatic effects. The only drawback is that the new procedure will take time to become part of standard therapy.

What a development!  Just when there seems to be no hope, yet there is hope. I would have been thrilled with the anticipation of this procedure becoming available six years ago when I was in major depression and had no hope of recovery.

About Patrick Day

In 2010, I escaped from four long years of deep, dark depression. This blog shares lessons I learned from those years as depicted in my autobiography - How I Escaped from Depression - as well as other insights about depression and anxiety that only come from someone who has gone through it. When you have a heart attack, you become an expert in heart attacks. When you have diabetes, you become an expert in that condition. As such, I am an expert in depression, with a four-year experiential degree and graduate studies in how to live a life going forward that keeps the ever-lurking Depression at a healthy distance.
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1 Response to 187. Deep Brain Stimulation

  1. Ruth Bjornson says:

    Medical documentation has also been done revealing how praying in the Spirit affects the brain’s functioning to conform to the blueprint of our Creator. Even speaking truth to ourselves as revealed in scriptures (especially in the Hebrew language ) is a divine intervention that never fails to transform us as we behold the lovliness of Christ Jesus.

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