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#1 3 years ago

Deep brain stimulation offers hope for OCD patient - CNN.com

Mmm...I've had dreams and ideas and visions of things like this. In fact, after that whole military debacle, I sort of dedicated myself to studying and understanding and, perhaps, even one day finding a way to stop it.

Of course things like these are obviously risky to some extent. But I speak not just of the physiological danger. I also recognize that these things make us who we are even though we do suffer from them.

Some psychologists speculate as to whether or not Einstein had autism or Nikola Tesla had OCD. Either way, it's a question of what's worse...removing that which makes you "special" if it does, or living your life in constant pain despite the positive side effects.

Well in the mean time I can dream, but what do you guys think of such things?

Also your input on the surgery is welcome :p


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#2 3 years ago

Seems like a good approach to me. Only problem is that neuroscience is a relatively new field and the brain is super complex. In a 100 years what is going on now will probaly look like cavemen trying to cure a tumor with clubs.

Bit if nothing else helps the risk may be worthwhile though.




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#3 3 years ago

But those clubs cost thousands of dollars, not to mention malpractice. "Oh sorry, we kinda erased your K-12 education...$40k please."

Anyway, yeah, I'm inclined to agree that the more drastic procedures are generally worth it. The main problem I see is getting to that point in the first place. Living with the pain up to that point is quite a bitch, especially given the cost of therapy/psychiatry and pills.

Though I suppose I might prefer it somewhat to insulin-shock therapy. Bleh...either procedure only adds to the anxiety, and menial part-time jobs just make it worse =p


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#4 3 years ago

Yes, please. I'd like something to make me slightly more forgetful and not compulsively do things I obsess over! It may result in fewer headaches and not pretending to not remember names like a normal person :D Brain processing is weird, any suggestions on winding down from these things? I have a really hard time winding down from these things.


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#5 3 years ago

Well I have special pills for those moments, but generally I just drink =p


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#6 3 years ago

As someone who suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder, this is extremely promising to me. Mine varies depending on the amount of stress I undergo, but it would be amazing not to have to constantly worry about getting stressed out.

It's so trivialised in the media, but I think the fact that someone is willing to undergo brain surgery to help relieve some of the symptoms, says something about the disease. It's not a fun thing to deal with at all.




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#7 3 years ago

Absolutely goddamn right.


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