I just read an article from The Telegraph (England) about a new technique/medical therapy for depression. It’s called DBS, or Deep Brain Stimulation, and is being considered and tested on patients with depression that aren’t responding to traditional psychotherapies or medical interventions.
It involves brain surgery, which means it does have some potential serious side effects and problems, but it has worked in many of the trial patients so may be worth it. Electrodes are placed in a target area of the brain known as Area 25, which is part of the cingulate region. The electrodes are attached to a battery which is implanted into the skin on the shoulder.
This procedure may give hope to those who haven’t found relief from other methods. It’s early days, but as we continue to learn more about the brain, more techniques may be developed to help more people. And that should give us all hope.