Mit zwei Elektroden stimulierten die Freiburger Ärzte bei schwerstdepressiven Patienten das mediale Vorderhirnbündel (blau), das an der Wahrnehmung von Freude und Belohnung beteiligt ist. © Universitätsklinikum Freiburg

A joint study carried out by the University Clinic Freiburg and the University Clinic Bonn has now shown: severe depression can be significantly alleviated by deep brain stimulation. 16 volunteers took part in the largest study of its kind in the world. Their symptoms improved considerably after only a short time.

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