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Nerve stimulation vs. Antidepressant medication for Depression

A study has found individuals’ treated with nerve stimulation (vagus nerve stimulators, which send regular, mild pulses of electrical energy to the brain via the vagus nerve) experienced significant improvements in their qualify of life, even when their depressive symptoms did not completely subside. The study, by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, included approximately six-hundred patients presenting with depression of which could not be alleviated by four or more antidepressants, taken either separately or in combination.

Link to research paper and findings: https://www.ascpp.org/resources/psychiatry-resource/journal-of-clinical-psychiatry/

(findings published online on the 21st of August 2018)