Using Deep Brain Stimulation to Treat Depression

One neuroscientist wants to treat the bleakest depression with implanted electrodes.

Roughly 20 million people suffer from depression in the united states. for about 10 percent of them, nothing in psychiatry’s standard arsenal offers relief, not the extensive repertoire of drugs, not cognitive therapy, not even electroconvulsive treatments (what used to be called shock therapy). Their disease is life-threatening, with a high risk of suicide. Emory University neurologist Helen Mayberg has pioneered a startling way to help people suffering from this devastating form of depre...

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