Deep Brain Stimulation-another treatment option

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bayoub2
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   Posted 5/5/2012 4:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all-
 
I was sitting here at the computer in another middle of the night insomniac attack and found something interesting online. They have a procedure called DBS that is currently approved for Parkinson's, but has apps for major depression too.
 
In a few small clinical trials with treatment resistant depression (of which I am one), they had a 60% cpmplete remission with no relapse, 40% felt a great improvement.
 
It involves placing small electrodes in your brain with a power source under the skin by the collarbone. Batteries must be replaced. I know for some people that this would be outside their beliefs or desire, but boy am I excited. Of course, FDA has not approved it yet and Lord knows , my Medicare probably won't pay for it but it looks promising
 
Please check it out and let me know what you think. I have been thru the ects, had one week of mania, after 6 weeks of unpleasantness. 6 hospitalizations, at least 15 antids, years of counseling...I am ready!!
 
Just something else to mull on.
 
Maggie

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   Posted 5/5/2012 4:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the infor Maggie....

I am worried that my girlfriend has parkenson's.
At least I know there is alternatives for her.

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 5/5/2012 8:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Didn't Faithfully 4 U try something similar? Or did she dismiss the deep brain stimulation option and go for surgery--which is still on her schedule?

Maybe she could give Maggie more information about it.

I.G.

bayoub2
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   Posted 5/5/2012 10:57 AM (GMT -6)   
IG
 
I think (not really sure) but I thought she was trying ketamine, or maybe I am mixed up with someon else. This procedure is not approved yeat by FDA for depression, just small clinical trials, I believe.
 
I had high hopes for ketamine too but have not heard much about it in awhile. They are learning so much about the brain now. Ah, hope springs eternal.
 
Thanks for your reply and nice to hear from you again. Good luck with grandson's unicycle.
 
Have a good one
 
maggie
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