Does DBS Cause Changes in Personality?Report from International Neuroethics Society annual meeting
Deep brain stimulation sends electrical impulses to targeted parts of the brain and is used as a treatment for motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease; but are patients trading part of their sense of self in exchange for improved mobility?
Using Deep Brain Stimulation on the Mind: Handle with Care
The success of deep brain stimulation in treating movement disorders has led to investigations of its use for psychiatric illnesses. While the technique shows early promise in the treatment of depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder, Dr. Mahlon DeLong, M.D., a pioneer in the field, cautions both doctors and patients to be aware of the risks in using this yet unproven method.
Deep Brain Stimulation Offers Hope in Depression
There is a new hope for patients who have severe depression. An experimental surgical procedure, deep brain stimulation, is proving to reverse the effects of unrelenting depression by stimulating a precise network of brain cells. Jamie Talan reveals how some of the top scientists are using this procedure.