Mental Health

Could this ‘pacemaker for the brain’ be the solution to severe depression?

shown here is a man looking upset. Depression is currently affecting 280 million people worldwide, but a new treatment which has been discovered could help.

An implant in the brain has successfully helped a woman who was suffering from severe depression. Image: UNSPLASH/Ben White

Sean Fleming
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Personalized deep brain stimulation has relieved one patient’s depression. Image: UCSF


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