A brain pacemaker for Anorexia?

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Registered: 01-03-2001
A brain pacemaker for Anorexia?
Thu, 03-07-2013 - 10:40am

Would you try a brain pacemaker for your Anorexia? According to Health Day News, tough cases of it can now be treated with deep brain stimulation. "For people suffering from severe, tough-to-treat anorexia, having a biological "pacemaker" implanted in their brain may help ease the disorder, a small new study suggests.

The researchers noted that anorexia is the psychiatric disorder with the highest mortality rate and, although therapies exist, not everyone benefits in the long term. The disorder is among the most common psychiatric ills diagnosed among teenage women. Up to 20 percent of patients do not respond to available treatments, which usually focus on behavioral change." MORE

Would you consider it?

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Registered: 09-06-2007
Thu, 03-07-2013 - 1:48pm


If I read correctly, 6 people were used for the study. In my opinion, that seems like quite a small sample. However, I do understand that they would like others to try the procedure.

Speaking for myself, I'm way too skeptical. If I were to agree to such a procedure, I'd have to assume I was actually wanting to get better. That's most of the battle right there for me.

I'm a bit confused though. This procedure has been used for depression. If so, I'd imagine the improvement in mood would lead to the improvement in behavior e.g. weight gain, etc. That seems quite obvious to me.

Anyway, I don't think I would consider it. Mainly because I'd be a bit leery about somebody messing with my brain and possibly causing more harm. Did they say what the probability of something going wrong is?? Also, I don't think that other means of treatment didn't "work" for me because I was resistant. I suppose I would have been less resistant if I actually wanted to work the treatment!! Again, I'd have to want to get better to agree to do any such procedure. Not saying I wouldn't wanna get better!! Just saying that the part of me that does want help is pretty small. Too small for me to consider it. I'd be resistant to even try.

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Registered: 01-23-2013
Fri, 03-08-2013 - 10:39am

I would probably not give it a thought for fear it might change me into something I don't like. I'm really too afraid to try anything right now so I can't see me wanting to do this. However, I would be interested in talking to the people who were willing to try it to see how they were able to get to the point to make that decision.

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Registered: 09-06-2007
Fri, 03-08-2013 - 11:22am

That's the part I'd wanna know..how you get to the point of making that decision!