New Surgical Option May Benefit Patients with Treatment-Resistant Depression

By Staff Writer

Most people who seek therapy from drug rehab and mental health facilities for depression are eventually able to overcome their condition. However, for some, this care is not enough. Treatment-resistant depression can pose a major challenge for mental health professionals.

However, they may soon have a new tool for dealing with the condition. A team of researchers from the University of Bristol recently developed a new surgical procedure that manually alters some of the brain’s circuitry in key areas that are most commonly affected in depression.

The brain areas targeted by the surgery play an important role in experiencing emotions, and the researchers believe that they become overactive in individuals with depression and other psychological disorders. Addressing these neurological regions surgically could relieve some of the symptoms of the disease.

To this point, only one woman has been given the surgery. The team says that she has responded well. Her depression has gone into remission and she has experienced few side effects from the procedure.

While the treatment may become more common in the future, more conventional approaches may be best for the majority of depression patients. Antidepressants and psychotherapy may be available from drug rehab and mental health facilities.