Friday, August 05, 2005

New Psychiatric Weapon of Mass Depression

The vagus nerve stimulator is a pacemaker-like generator that is implanted into the patient’s chest. Wires go up the neck and into the vagus nerve sending tiny electric shocks through the nerve and into a region of the brain “thought to play a role in mood”.

An FDA review of the therapy found no difference in depression after a three month implant treatment study of 200 patients. However, there were of course side effects such as voice alterations including hoarseness and loss of voice, and also difficulty in breathing and swallowing.

Nevertheless, the fact that it is the first psychiatric treatment that doesn't conclusively worsen depression was grounds for the FDA to approve the new ‘treatment’. They really are pathetic.

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