Can electric shocks be a cure for severe depression?
CALIFORNIA / SAN FRANCISCO: A recent study by US experts has found that depressed patients can be relieved of severe depression by giving them a minor electric shock.
However, in order for this method to be effective, it is necessary that the patient concerned is in a certain condition while these mild electric shocks are given to certain parts of the brain very carefully.
Currently, this research has been done on only one patient, the details of which have been published in the latest issue of Nature Medicine as a case study. Therefore, it would be premature to say how long this method of treating depression will be available to the public.
It should be noted that some of the conditions of depression are so severe that even taking any kind of anti-depressant (medicine to treat depression) does not help them.
In a case study, experts from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) tested a method of treating depression from electric shock in a 36-year-old female volunteer who had been suffering from severe depression for many years and was on medication. Was not working
Prior to treatment, the three areas of the brain that were expected to be stimulated were also identified.
However, this method of treating depression can only be effective if the patient is in a certain mood and has certain symptoms. Otherwise, mild electric shocks could exacerbate depression.
In order to bring the mood of the volunteer woman to the desired state for this purpose, the experts created an environment and conditions from which she gradually came to the desired state.
Immediately after that, some electrodes (brain implants) were placed on the woman’s head, which kept the light electric shocks focused on these parts of the brain for a while.
What was most surprising was that the woman, who had not even smiled for the past few years, started laughing helplessly at the end of the stage.
According to a UCSF press release, the woman said that for the first time in many years, she felt an unknown joy inside her. I felt like someone was tickling me inside and laughing. ”
The woman also said that during the treatment she did not feel any electric shock reaching her brain.