Oct 1, 2009

Using Deep Brain Stimulation on the Mind: Handle with Care

A great article by Mahlon R. DeLong on DBS in the DANA Foundation Magazine.
The abstract:
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. 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.