Deep Brain Stimulation as a Treatment for Depression

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    Crystalwater wrote...


    Deep Brain Stimulation - any updates?


    Does anyone know if there are any updates on the FDA approval of Deep Brain Stimulation as a treatment for depression? Has been approved as a treatment anywhere else in the world? I know they are currently researching it, but is there any news as to when the research will be concluded and when it will possibly be available to patients? I saw a clip on it, and how it instantly lifted this woman's depression. I want that for my loved one. I want her to be happy.





    Dear Crystalwater,


    All the information I can find indicates that deep brain stimulation has been FDA approved for Parkinson's and essential tremor, but is still in clinical trials for depression. Check out this article from the Cleveland Clinic, "Deep Brain Stimulation for OCD and Depression."

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    If you'd like to see if there are any clinical trials in your area, take a look at our clinical trials information page.


    Good luck,


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Published On: October 15, 2007