Deep Brain Stimulation for OCD
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Research has shown promising results in the use of deep brain stimulation to treat patients with Alzheimer's dementia, Parkinson's disease, and depression. Now, patients with severe obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) may benefit from this experimental treatment. The procedure requires electrodes be implanted in the patient's brain near the striatum, a location thought to be responsible for emotions like anxiety and fear. These electrodes modify the electrical field around this region of the brain to relieve the symptoms of OCD. While one patient has seen significant improvement in his OCD symptoms, doctors warn that some behaviors are likely to continue and that the treatment is not 100% effective in complete symptom relief.
Long Beach, California (CNN) -- It seems simple: Walk to the refrigerator and grab a drink. But Brett Larsen, 37, opens the door gingerly -- peeks in -- closes it, opens it, closes it and opens it again. This goes on for several minutes. In a last-ditch effort to relieve his symptoms, Larsen decided to undergo deep brain stimulation.
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