Is deep brain stimulation being used for major depressive disorder? Is it like ect of years past?

Some Confusion. Electro convulsive therapy (ect), repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rtms), and deep brain stimulation (dbs), are used in the treatment of major depression. Only ECT and rtms have fda approval. In ECT an electric charge is passed through the brain, in rtms strong magnetic fields are created in areas of the brain, and with dbs implanted electrodes deliver electricity to the brain.
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 it appears to be much safer. It has been studied extensively for years prior to government approval.

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Are any of your doctors involved in studies for deep brain stimulation for depression? I would like to ask them some questions.

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. Read more...
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 a fairly low risk treatment with reasonable benefit. It is expensive and it requires intensive treatment for several weeks to receive benefit (4-5 treatments a week for about 6 weeks). Read more...

Is deep brain stimulation for depression helpful?

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 other approaches without success. Read more...
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 be helpful for 60% of people who get treated with it - which is a good result when you are treating treatment refractory cases. Due to its invasiveness meds, transcranial magnetic stimulation (tms), and ECT should probably be considered beforehand. Read more...

What percentage of depression patients are good candidates for deep brain stimulation (DBS)?

Experimental. DBS of Cingulate Gyrus area 25 of the brain with electrodes has demonstrated positive benefits for some very depressed folks. The treatment is surgery, however, and is still classed as experimental. What constitutes a good candidate varies, but usually includes refractory response to other methods and a reasonable health status to survive surgery. Not enough is yet known for longterm effects. Read more...

I hav major depression 4 sevrl. Years. I poss hav PTSD from many crisis ovr 3 yrs. Noticed 4getfl, mispelling more ovr sevrl wks. Foggy mind. Wht is it?

PTSD & Depression. can both impact your cognition. I would encourage you to see a mental health provider who is experienced in working with PTSD to have this issue addressed. Take care. Read more...

Can brain damage from chronic major depression be reversed?

Treatment Works. Don't be so sure that there is brain damage. Chronic major depression if present for a long time can be difficult to treat but there is no reason to think that it is untreatable. There are many possible underlying factors that once identified can be treated- both physical and psychological. Feeling pessimistic can be part of the depression. Treatment can make a big difference. Read more...

Can lupus directly impact the brain? Myoclonic seizures, major depression, GAD, major mood swings. No official diagnosis, but positive for antibodies.

Yes, consult your dr. Common symptoms of lupus include: profound fatigue, mental confusion, and seizures. Many people with a serious physical illness experience anxiety and depression while coping with their illness. The drugs used to treat lupus all have side effects, and it is difficult to separate these from the symptoms of illness. Check with your dr re ongoing treatment esp if you are considering pregnancy. Read more...
A few comments. Yes, lupus cerebritis can occur. Spinal fluid measure of P-ribosomal protein might help. Your myoclonic seizures could be Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy, and could benefit from Depakote or Keppra (levetiracetam). Your emotional state could be assessed by psychiatry. Recommend you see a neurologist, and have all of this looked at thoroughly. Read more...