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brain stimulation to treat neuropsychiatric disease
Here you can find information on the new and exciting field of interventional neuropsychiatry. We use neuromodulation techniques to treat medication-resistant neurological and psychiatric diseases. Brain stimulation modalities include:
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)
Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)
Vagal Nerve Stimulation (VNS)
Transcranial Direct/Alternating Current Stimulation (tDCS/tACS)
Focused Ultrasound Stimulation (fUS)
Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)
Just as the introduction of many psychopharmacologically effective medications in the last fifty years has revolutionized the practice of Psychiatry, brain stimulation may represent the next revolutionary breakthrough in this constantly evolving field. We now have many scientific evidence-based psychotherapies and medications to treat psychiatric illness. Approximately 20% of our population experience the most common psychiatric condition, clinical depression. A full 50% are not treated at all, and of those that are treated (with psychotherapy and/or medication) only about 2/3 of them respond to treatment, and most have only a 50% (?) reduction in their distressing/debilitating symptoms. There is much need for additional effective treatments for those non-responsive to our present treatments, or who have not responded enough to achieve remission, or who have been unable to tolerate needed treatments.
Direct stimulation of brain neurons is very effective as a treatment of psychiatric illness. ECT (electro….(what does it stand for? therapy) has been used to treat depression for X years, and in fact has been shown to be clearly more effective than other types of treatment (may want to include stats, something like ECT 80 something % effective vs. 67% effective for meds). The use of ECT has been limited however by the potential side effect of memory loss as well as the public perception of this technique, and has generally been reserved for only severe depression. More recently, more strategic specific neural targeting, including Vagal Nerve Stimulation and Intra…. Stimulation…has been developed and …. Most recently, investigation of TransMagnetic Stimulation (TMS) has been shown to be effective for clinical depression, OCD (?) as well as neurological conditions including Parkinsonism? Then go into this technique in some brief detail including something on the parallel research track of identifying specific brain mapping including identifying disordered default and connections in the major psychiatric illnesses.