This is pretty exciting, you guys!
There is a new treatment for depression that could quite possibly lead to a cure, especially for those who don't respond to chemical help.
The treatment? A "brain pacemaker" that's having 58% of the patients go into depression remission! After two years? 92% of the patients responded!
The implant is right beneath the skull and sends deep electrical impulses into the brain. This comes after a study showing how impulses like that could be used to treat severe depression and bipolar disorder.
'Most of these patients have been in a depressed state for many years and are disabled and isolated. As their depression improves, they need a process to help them achieve full recovery that includes integration back into society. We hope to optimise the rate of improvement for these patients by using a model of care that provides psychotherapeutic rehabilitation built on evidence-based psychotherapy but tailored to the specific individual's situation.'
And to think, maybe we can reach a point where the implant is small and cost effective — and can be so finely tuned that depression can be a thing of the past!
How great would that be??
Fab, science! Keep it up!
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