Dr. Frankenstein can help with those pesky obsessions...
The article describes experiments that involve targeted electrical stimulation of various parts of the nervous system. This is now being tested in the treatment of severe depression as a replacement for the much more primitive practice of electroconvulsive shock therapy. Devices similar to pacemakers are being implanted in patients' bodies.
Apparently the psychiatrists want to expand beyond the treatment of depression and to use these devices in the lucrative and ever-expanding universe of other "disorders," as the article indicates:
"For a variety of reasons, including the large number of potential patients and the accumulated knowledge of how the disease works, depression is the primary target of most of these technologies. But some of these methods are already showing great promise for treating such other mental maladies as bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and bulimia."
This is really scary stuff for autistics and anyone else who may be seen as having socially undesirable obsessions (as opposed to "normal" obsessions like football).
Anybody want to bet the biomed crowd will be implanting thought control devices in children's brains 10 years from now?
Labels: psych industry