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Depression 'cured by innovative treatment'

Depression 'cured by innovative treatment'
25th January 2011

A British woman has been cured of a mental health condition after undergoing pioneering treatment, reports say.

Sheila Cook, 62, had severe debilitating depression for more than ten years, which left her unable to function normally and forced her husband to retire in order to care for her.

She underwent deep brain stimulation (DBS) by scientists from the University of Bristol which saw temporary respite from her condition but she then relapsed.

However, further advanced stereotactic neurosurgery cured the depression and changed her life.

 Mrs Cook said: "The effects were remarkable. Within a few weeks my life changed.

"I read books, did the housework, went for walks and, perhaps most importantly, got to know my family again."

This comes after mental health charity Mind said that NHS reforms must not put at risk the quality and continuity of the treatment of those with mental health problems in the UK.

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