Electrical Brain Stimulation for Psychiatric Disorders

Bilateral Anterior Capsulotomy

Based upon the fact that both the production of a focal brain lesion and the administration of high frequency electrical current to the same target e.g. Vim induce similar beneficial effects in Parkinson's sufferers, and given that lesions in certain brain sites seem to benefit some psychiatric patients, collaborating groups in Belgium and Sweden have hypothesised that electrical stimulation would also lead to improvements in the symptoms of psychiatric patients resistant to all other therapies...

Comments on the Published Guidelines on Electrical Brain Stimulation for Psychiatric Disorders

What follows is the summary of an interview, dating from June 2005, by Mrs. Allison Abbott Nature with 2 of the OCD patients operated on in Leuven, who received DBS Abbott 2005 . The patients did not hear each other's answers, but the answers were in essence the same. Question 1 How severe was your disease before the operation Answer I would surely have committed suicide if the surgery hadn't taken place. Question 2 Do you think the surgery has changed anything Answer After surgery there was a...

Focal High Frequency Electrical Brain Stimulation

Progressive Spastic Ataxia

During the past decades focal high frequency electrical stimulation of the human brain has been used in order to treat the symptoms of several neurological disorders, including Parkinson's disease, essential tremor, dystonia, epilepsy and Tourette's syndrome. In the human brain neuronal circuitries have been detected which are responsible for motor control, others enable reception of information from the different sense organs vision, hearing, sensation, taste, smell , still others are...

Schizophrenia ICD10 F2x

Goes along with thought disturbances, delusions and affective impairment without intellectual disabilities. Symptoms include delusions, hallucinations, so-called negative symptoms such as affective flattening, alogia or avolition , formal thought disorder, feelings of thought control from outside and behavioural changes of the person often leading to social withdrawal. Symptoms have to be present for at least one month. Often a prodromal phase can be seen in adolescents before the onset of...

The Brain is Seat of the Human Mind

There is no doubt that the central nervous system CNS , and in particular the brain, is the seat of the biological processes that underlie human identity and personality, and thus a person's character and mental capacities. It is of central importance for our behaviour, perceptions, thoughts and feelings and regulates body functions such as heart rate, muscle responses and control of our immune system. It works in conjunction with both our bodies and the outside world. It is the organ of our...