Effectiveness of Deep Brain Stimulation for Depression Questioned

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Deep brain stimulation may be no more effective than a placebo for treatment-resistant depression.

Those suffering from depression do not always respond to medication and/or psychotherapy. Recently, deep brain stimulation (DBS) has become an intervention option for cases of treatment-resistant depression.

New research suggests, however, that current techniques used for DBS may be no more effective than a placebo.

Because of the clinical urgency, deep brain stimulation (DBS) treatments for depression have been developed over the past 15 years. These treatments require surgery to make a small hole in the skull through which an electrode is passed into a specific brain region.

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