Deep brain stimulation is a technique where electrodes are implanted in the brain and act as pacemakers.
German doctors implanted electrodes in the brain of a non-verbal 13 year old with severe autism.
The boy had serious self-injurious behaviors that required restraint. Doctors placed electrodes in the amygdala and his symptoms improved.
At 8 weeks of treatment, his symptoms went from a rating of “severely ill” to “moderately ill” in terms of aggression and self-injury. Eye contact improved, he slept better at night, began trying new foods and didn’t harm himself as much.
After 6 months, he began speaking single words. After 44 weeks, the battery ran out and he deteriorated, but recovered when the battery was replaced.
There’s hope for treating autism.
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