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does vagal nerve stimulation help with clinical depression

A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chris Esguerra
16 years experience Psychiatry
Lukewarm option: Vagal nerve stimulation (vns) for treatment resistant depression is fda approved (2005). However, subsequent studies have not been too supportive of ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
30 years experience Anesthesiology
General Anesthesia: The implantation of a vagal nerve stimulator is done for a variety of reasons. It has been used for seizures and depression. From the patient's point ... Read More
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Dr. Eric Weisman
36 years experience Neurology
VNS surgery: is done as an outpatient under general anesthesia. The procedure takes about an hour. Two incisions are made, one just under the collar bone on the le ... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marcel Hungs
26 years experience Neurology
Electrical pulses : Vagus nerve stimulation prevents seizures by sending small pulses of electrical energy to the brain via the vagus nerve. These pulses are supplied by ... Read More
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Dr. Salman Saeed
33 years experience Neurology
VNS: Vagus nerve stimulator is usually recommended for people who do not have adequate control of seizures with medication only. A small device is inserted ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frank Mayo
48 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Possibly: In a damaged heart , vagal stimulation will decrease the heart rate and atrial contractility thus decreasing ventricular filling .This effect can prod ... Read More
A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Georgia Latham
35 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: First and foremost it is all occurring in one person (you) at the same time. The diabetic nerve pain is definitely related to your diabetes. Make su ... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
25 years experience Psychiatry
Yup: Easy answer is yes ... The vagus nerve responds to many changes in homeostasis. In fact, increased vagal tone has been used for quite a few years as ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Passer
35 years experience Child Psychiatry
See a Doctor: I am not sure where you are from, but i would see a physician who can perform tests to see if your problem is physical or emotional in nature. Good lu ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Levine
23 years experience Radiology
Not likely: Traditional MRI cannot diagnosis depression, nor other "functional" problems, such as dementia, etc. Imaging such as MRI can only assess anatomy. Th ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Susan Uhrich
36 years experience Psychiatry
About 6.7% of: The us population has depression each year and about 2% of the population has severe depression.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
39 years experience Psychiatry
I don't think so: I have treated police officers and they continued to work. Treatment should be confidential and is a sign of strength that someone sought help. I th ... Read More

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