VNS Therapy - we are all familiar with defibrillators, but for severe cases of depression there is also a similar technology...VNS can be utilized with Bipolar depression and others who have not imagehad success with normal drug treatment programs according to the article...the pacemaker turns itself on every few minutes to deliver a tiny electrical pulse...the treatment is normally added to a current medication side effect listed is the change in one's voice and diminishes over the time of around a year...somewhat makes me think of a very gradual lobotomy of sorts, but with anything relative to the brain we almost can't help but think about the old movie "One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest"...visit the Cyberonics website for additional information and has obtained FDA approval for the device in 2005...Medtronics as well as St. Jude Medical are also involved in similar projects with brain pacemakers....BD 

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Two of the largest and longest studies so far show a "brain pacemaker" can effectively treat depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), researchers said on Friday.  image

Devices implanted in the chest, with leads that send electrical impulses to parts of the brain, have already been approved to treat movement disorders, such as Parkinson's disease, essential tremor and dystonia. "These were severely depressed patients, the most depressed," Rezai said in an interview. The FDA in 2005 approved Cyberonics Inc. implantable device for treatment-resistant depression. It sends signals to the brain via the vagus nerve in the neck.

"The vagus nerve is one of the primary communication pathways from the major organs of the body to the brain. VNS (vagus nerve stimulation) Therapy is delivered by a pulse generator (like a pacemaker) and thin, flexible wires that send mild pulses to the vagus nerve in the left side of the neck. The vagus nerve delivers these pulses to the areas of the brain involved in the regulation of mood. VNS Therapy targets specific areas of the brain that affect the production or activity of neurotransmitters, such as serotonin and norepinephrine .1"

Studies show brain pacemaker helps depression, OCD - Yahoo! News


  1. Oh boy, this makes me want to order up one of those home bipolar kits and march off to the doctor!!

    I'm depressed trying to keep up with my cell phone and all the other electronic umbilical cords out there, so now I need one of these to help me cope with life too???


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