Many patients with schizophrenia are usually self-confined to their homes, suffering from delusions and hallucinations, but doctors are using a technique to neutralize those schizophrenic delusions.
The technique involves implanting electrodes into certain areas of the brain to correct malfunctions, by delivering mild electric shocks. This technique has been shown effective in treating Parkinson’s disease, depression, schizophrenia, and other mental illnesses.
The intervention takes about eight hours of surgery and requires general anesthesia and a week of postoperative care. Brad Reifler has learned that it is an invasive procedure but doctors are finding the malfunction is reversible.
For schizophrenia patients, doctors are finding the delusions and hallucinations disappear almost completely. Brain stimulation, in the case of schizophrenia, regulates dopamine, which in schizophrenic patients, dopamine is overproduced.
Currently, deep brain stimulation is used for those schizophrenic patients who have exhausted all therapeutic possibilities.