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Depression: A New Frontier in It’s Treatment

Allan Schwartz, LCSW, Ph.D. was in private practice for more than thirty years. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the states ...Read More

3. The statistics on recovery from depression as a result of the treatment are encouraging but not definitive. In some cases fifty percent of patients treated this way improved and remained free of depression.

One of the many challenges presented by this new procedure is that medical scientists do not understand how and why deep brain stimulation works. There is a sense that the brain is being re-wired but how is not yet understood.

Yet, researchers know where to place the electrode for Parkinson’s disease and that is in the part of the brain called the Thalamus. With regard to depression, scientists are focusing on parts of the brain that control emotions in order to reduce depression. These parts of the brain are called the Ventral Striatum and the Brodmann Area 25. Those interested can do a search on the Internet to learn more about these two brain areas.

Even though the research is far from complete, the possibilities are very exciting for relieving suffers of the worst types of depression. This research, along with others, could help us foresee the time when depression and it’s associated illness, such as OCD, will be things of the past.

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