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Deep Brain Stimulation Successful for Treatment of Severely Depressive Patient At University Hospital Heidelberg



1/11/2010 7:45:14 AM

ScienceDaily (Jan. 11, 2010) — A team of neurosurgeons at Heidelberg University Hospital and psychiatrists at the Central Institute of Mental Health, Mannheim have for the first time successfully treated a patient suffering from severe depression by stimulating the habenula, a tiny nerve structure in the brain. The 64-year-old woman, who had suffered from depression since age 18, could not be helped by medication or electroconvulsive therapy. Since the procedure, she is for the first time in years free of symptoms.

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