Treatment of anorexia with deep brain stimulation
In a study of 16 people suffering from severe anorexia, researchers at the University of Toronto, Canada, were able to use brain-stimulating electrodes to reduce their mental stress and help them gain weight.
“Using deep brain stimulation can treat the most severe mental disorders,” said Andres Lozano, a professor at the University of Toronto who led the project.
He added: “This disorder has the highest mortality rate and the medical community should find ways as soon as possible to help treat it safely and with the least complications.”
The researchers found that this method reduced stress and depression in the subjects and in several months of follow-up, these people gained weight and body mass index (BMI) They have grown about 3.5 units.
Despite the small number of people being tested, researchers at the University of Toronto are confident that these methods can help alleviate anorexia nervosa and treat many patients.
The findings are published in the journal Lancet Psychotherapy. This method has already been used to treat neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s.