New research: Electrical brain implant

The Guardian reports a ‘stunning’ neuroscientific advance which gives hope to those with mental illness that cannot be helped with drugs. It involves an electrical implant which detects patterns of brain activity linked to depression, and automatically interrupts them with pulses of electrical stimulation.

While this treatment is still in the early stages and has only been used with one patient to date, it has been described as “an incredible advancement in our knowledge of the brain function that underlies mental illness.” It clearly also supports the argument that mental illness can potentially be caused by internal (rather than social) factors – in contrast to one of the current fashionable narratives (discussed in more detail in our ‘social factors’ section).

To read more about the brain implant, see here.

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