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by JP Bill / June 27, 2008 8:55 PM PDT
Mending a broken mind


What does sadness sound like? 'Cells firing five to 30 times per second,' and making it stop is a matter of ?location, location, location,' says the surgeon leading a team of Canadian pioneers who are restoring the lives of the deeply depressed

CAROLYN ABRAHAM

From Saturday's Globe and Mail

June 27, 2008 at 8:36 PM EDT

The first time I met Sean Miller, we were strangers waiting in a corridor at the outpatient psychiatry unit of Toronto General Hospital. He was the redhead, wearing a grey sweatshirt, jeans and a 100-watt smile. ?Popular place,? he said.

He looked rosy and energized, as if he had been for a run. ?Pretty warm out there today,? he added. He mentioned rain in the forecast and cracked a joke about the ?nice weather? we had been having. Then a door opened down the hall and he waved goodbye ? ?See ya!?

A few minutes later, Peter Giaccobe, a 33-year-old psychiatrist, beckoned me to his office. ?It's fine,? he said. ?You can come in.?
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(NT) very interesting article, thanks for posting it.
by grimgraphix / June 28, 2008 12:20 AM PDT
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(NT) Incredible what they can do.
by JP Bill / June 28, 2008 12:34 AM PDT
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VNS therapy
by James Denison / June 28, 2008 5:30 AM PDT
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There's a similar device by Cyberonics which attaches to the Vagus nerve in the neck, which runs into an area where epilepsy and depression often are and there's a battery pack with frequency modulator implanted in the chest. Does similar to this DPS, but not quite as invasive, but also doesn't seem so directly targeted.

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