Originally posted to Dana’s Cerebrum
By Mahlon R. DeLong
August 17, 2009

Deep brain stimulation has worked for many patients with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders that have not responded to other treatments. However, its use as a therapy for psychiatric disorders, while promising, is not yet proven.

X-ray shows two deep electrodes extending into the basal ganglia, providing deep brain stimulation treatment for Parkinson’s disease. (Image copyright Medical Body Scans/Photo Researchers, Inc.)

Mahlon DeLong, a pioneer in the use of deep brain stimulation, explains the technique and why its use for depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and other psychiatric problems requires extra caution.
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