Deep Brain Stimulation Research for Bipolar Depression

Updated: Jun 18, 2020

Latest studies at Emory University state that Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) as an intervention to patients with Bipolar Depression, such as Bipolar II disorder (BP) or Unipolar Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), revealing positive results in sustained anti-depressive response on patients with these depressive mental disorders. Bipolar Depression is a mental disorder that affects approximately 5.7 million adult Americans. After Emory’s two-year psychotherapeutic DBS study with 17 patients, 92% of actively stimulated DBS patients displayed a significant decrease in depression and an increase in function after continued DBS stimulation. The university is optimistic that it will continued modifications to its practices, it will increase the success rate of this practice on Bipolar Depressive patients.

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