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deep brain stimulation treatment for depression

A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Bey
57 years experience Psychiatry
For a few pts: People who have this do seem to benefit in the main but this is sort of a last ditch procedure for pts with treatment depressions who have tried mainy ... Read More
Dr. Kira Stein
24 years experience Psychiatry
Very Likely: Dbs is the surgical placement of electrodes on 2 brain sites, which are then stimulated by electric currents. A small study suggests that dbs might ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Roxanne Lewis
Specializes in Clinical Psychology
Experimental: DBS of Cingulate Gyrus area 25 of the brain with electrodes has demonstrated positive benefits for some very depressed folks. The treatment is surge ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Horacio Capote
Specializes in Psychiatry
Clinicaltrials.gov: This website will steer you to all the approved research going on right now. Dbs sounds promising but only for the most severe & refractory cases.
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Dr. William Holmes
34 years experience Child Psychiatry
What Questions?: Are you referring to transcranial magnetic stimulation? If so, there is evidence to support its use for depression. The current evidence is that it is ... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Holmes
34 years experience Child Psychiatry
No: If you are referring to the practice of magnetic stimulation, then the answer is a strong no. This is a very different type of treatment than ect, and ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Hutchman
24 years experience Neurology
No, but very helpful: Deep brain stimulation therapy of the stn (sub-thalamic nucleus) or gpi (globus pallidus interna) can greatly improve "on" time (good function with mi ... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
52 years experience Neurology
Control measure: Dbs is not a cure currently and doubtful it will be a panacea. Yet, valuable when meds start failing in parkinson's but not yet in use for alzheimer ... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
30 years experience Anesthesiology
See below: This would classify as an experimental procedure. There may be some benefits, but they have not been completely proved at this time.
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nader Pouratian
18 years experience Neurosurgery
Yes: Deep brain stimulation can help patients with all three cardinal motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease, including tremor, rigidity (or stiffness), and ... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. George Jacobs
63 years experience Neurosurgery
No: Alzheimer's is a disease of brain cell degeneration. Deep brain stimulation can not replace dead brain cells.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Giannotta
49 years experience Neurosurgery
Yes: Dbs usually helps the tremor. The rigidity and slow movements are still best treated by the medications, so many patients get both.
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