Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Psychosurgery Returns, for OCD ??? 15% Full Recovery in Just 7 Years!

File another jaw dropper under 'Medical Ethics'.

From Livescience;
Brain Surgery Is An Option for Patients with Severe OCD

A type of brain surgery appears to be a relatively effective treatment for people with severe obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) who have not responded to other treatments, a new study suggests.

In the study, nearly half of patients showed at least some improvement in their OCD symptoms, and 15 percent fully recovered seven years after the surgery.

The findings suggest surgery may be an effective treatment for patients with very severe OCD who have not been helped by other therapies, the researchers said. Patients in the study had not responded to several medications, including serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SRIs) and antipsychotic medications, as well as psychotherapy. On average, patients had experienced symptoms for 16 years, and one-third had attempted suicide.

However, the surgery has significant risks. Two of the 19 patients experienced permanent complications from the surgery, including paralysis on one side of the body and cognitive impairment. Because of this, the procedure should be considered with caution, the researchers said. [See 5 Controversial Mental Health Treatments].

Thank You Livescience and Ms Rettner.

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15% Full Recovery in Just 7 Years. 

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