A pacemaker for the brain helped a woman with crippling depression. It may soon be available to more

February 21, 2024

Researchers say the treatment —- called deep brain stimulation, or DBS — could eventually help many of the nearly 3 million Americans like her with depression that resists other treatments. Emily Hollenbeck, a deep brain stimulation therapy patient being treated for depression, stands for a portrait at the American Museum of Natural History’s Rose Center in New York on Jan. 12, 2024. You have wires embedded in your brain,” said Hollenbeck, who is part of ongoing research at Mount Sinai West. Overall, across different brain targets, DBS for depression is associated with average response rates of 60%, one 2022 study said. (Mount Sinai via AP)Other research teams also tailor treatment to patients, although their methods are slightly different.