Treating depression with electrodes inside the brain
- For 40 years, Edi Guyton suffered from debilitating depression
- She volunteered to have electrodes implanted into her brain
- Dr. Helen Mayberg pioneered research to use "deep brain stimulation" on depression
- She is now hoping for FDA approval for the method
Edi Guyton, patient Mayberg is the co-holder of a patent for the procedure, which has been licensed to St. Jude Medical, Inc., a company that manufactures and sells DBS equipment. St. Jude is hoping to win Food and Drug Administration approval for commercial use of DBS for treatment-resistant depression.