Depression is The Number One Cause of Disability in The United States

According to the World Health Organization, four of the 10 leading causes of disability in the United States …………..

According to the World Health Organization, 4 of the 10 leading causes of disability in the United States and other developed countries are mental disorders, including major depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. About 23% of American adults each year have a mental disorder and not less than 5.4% of American adults have a serious mental illness. 

Depression has received increased attention recently because of the growing recognition of itsprevalence. Once ignored and stigmatized, depression now is regarded as a biological condition. Management of depressed patients requires more and more health professionals other than psychiatrists. To assist these healthcare professionals, this article provides a basic description of depression and describes currently available pharmacotherapies for treating depression, including selective inhibitors of serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) 

Neurostimulation is the next frontier in the treatment of chronic depression. The FDA should approve vagus nerve stimulation as a treatment for chronic depression in the next thirty days. You can learn more about this remarkable therapy [] 

Vagus nerve stimulation is a ninety minutes of out-patient procedure performed by a surgeon. A prescription by your psychiatrist is necessary. The vagus nerve stimulator is pacemaker-like device implanted in the chest at the top left of the patient. A wire lead is in a tunnel under the skin and wrapped around the left vagus nerve in the neck. It is not related to brain surgery or shock therapy and is more effective than ECT. 

Charles Donovan was a patient in experimental testing of the FDA for the Vagus Nerve Stimulation and Depression. He testified at the Group of the Consultative Meeting June 15 After 25 years of chronic depression, the vagus nerve stimulation completely cured his chronic depression. The author is very grateful and touched by this remarkable device. He is the founder of the [] website.

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  1. Studies have demonstrated that VNS is an effective therapy for medically refractory partial-onset seizures, with an approximate long-term decrease in mean seizure frequency of 40-50%, and a short-term decrease in mean seizure frequency of 20-30% in patients older than 12 years.

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