By Daniela Hernandez

September 10, 2018

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Can mood be decoded from brain data?

The work is part of a larger movement aimed at developing better, more
personalized therapies for psychiatric conditions like depression, anxiety,
post-traumatic stress disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder using deep
brain stimulation, a procedure that requires surgery and is highly invasive.
The approach is similar to treatments already in use for movement disorders
like Parkinson's disease and epilepsy.

While DBS is meant for patients with severe mental health issues for whom
other lines of treatment haven't worked, what clinicians learn from its use
could also improve our overall understanding of disease and, in the future,
health care for people with less severe disease, scientists said.