19 Feb '11, 10am

Electrode therapy aids severe compulsive disorder: WASHINGTON - THE use of brain surgery to treat psychiatric di...

WASHINGTON - THE use of brain surgery to treat psychiatric disorders has long been controversial, but new technologies are emerging that can help people with severe illnesses, scientists said on Friday. The field has come a long way since the horrors of the frontal lobotomy and electroshock therapy seen last century, but experts urge caution because they are still learning how these deep brain stimulation (DBS) therapies work. 'As we stick devices into people's brains it turns out that this has become very promising. There are really exciting results but we remain cautious as we move forward,' said Michael Okun, neurologist at the University of Florida. Mr Okun was part of a panel at the annual American Association for the Advancement of Science conference in Washington to describe new progress and setbacks in treating Parkinson's disease, obsessive compulsive disorder and...

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