In this program you will meet a man who had deep brain stimulation surgery: probes were inserted through his skull and he was woken up in the middle of it to answer the surgeon’s questions. He had great results for his Parkinson’s disease—and deep brain stimulation can be used for psychiatric conditions as well—but in some parts of Australia it’s banned.
A transcript and podcast are available. There’s also a written piece from a patient about his experience of DBS.
There has been an increasing number of reports of deep brain stimulation for the treatment of Tourette syndrome. Australian researchers have looked at this issue and investigated the effectiveness of this type of treatment for Tourette syndrome.