Depression: Electrodes in the brain may be a long-lasting aid for severe symptoms

Depression: Electrodes in the brain may be a long-lasting aid for severe symptoms

July 4, 2022 0 By bimola

Electrodes implanted in the brain were known to release impulses that may “normalise” overactive connections within a specific circuit of the organ, but researchers were previously unsure whether the treatment offered long-term relief from severe depression



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4 July 2022

Deep brain stimulation involves implanting electrodes in the cerebral lobes of the brain, linked through the scalp to wires that lead to a battery implanted below the skin that send electrical impulses to specific areas of the brain

Deep brain stimulation involves implanting electrodes in the brain’s cerebral lobes. These are linked through the scalp to wires that lead to a battery implanted below the skin, which sends electrical impulses to specific areas of the brain

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Electrodes implanted deep inside the brain may provide considerable relief for just under half of people with the most severe depression for up to nine years, according to one of the longest-running clinical trials of its kind.

“They’ve taken the sickest of the sick and made almost half of them better, which is …