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Treatments - Vagus Nerve Stimulation

Often called a "pacemaker for the brain", this new treatment shows promise for treatment resistant individuals. VNS is also a treatment for epilepsy, which is thought to share a common cause with mood disorders.

Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS)
What is Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS)? How does it work and what is the implantation procedure of the device like?

How to Get VNS
Now that VNS has been approved by the FDA, how do you go about requesting it?

Vagus Nerve Stimulation - Epilepsy Treatment May Help Depression
Vagus Nerve Stimulation, previously approved for the treatment of epilepsy, may also help depression.

Vagus Nerve Stimulation for Depression - Out of the Black Hole
In "Out of the Black Hole", Charlie Donovan writes about his experiences with vagus nerve stimulation and how it saved his life after suffering a lifetime with depression.

Vagus Nerve Stimulation
Vagus nerve stimulation offers new hope for those with treatment resistant depression. Could vagus nerve stimulation be the answer for you?

Cyberonics Website
Information about VNS from the company which manufactures the device.

Information About Multi-site VNS Study
Inclusion criteria; how to refer a patient. Also includes the full text of two articles about VNS from Biological Psychology.

The Link Between Epilepsy and Affective Disorders
Researchers hypothesize about how neurotransmitter deficits may be involved in both epilepsy and depression. Abtract of an article from the journal Crit Rev Neurobiol.

Vagus Nerve Stimulation Successful For Depression
A VNS pilot study shows encouraging results for treatment resistant patients. More studies planned for 2000.

VNS for treatment-resistant depression
An abtract of a Feb. 2000 article from the journal Biological Psychiatry.

VNS: a new tool for brain research and therapy
Abstract of an article from Biological Psychiatry. The authors review the neurobiology and anatomy of the vagus nerve and provide an overview of the vagus nerve stimulation technique. They also describe the safety and potential utility of vagus nerve stimulation as a research tool and as a treatment for psychiatric conditions.

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