Friday, August 12, 2005

Implanted device delivers relief from depression


Dan DeLong / P-I

Lana Sanderson, walking with fiance Steve Carlsen, has battled bipolar disorder for years and finally found help with VNS, an implanted medical device.

From the Seattle Post-Intelligencer:

"Lana Sanderson felt like she'd run out of options.

After decades of battling severe depression, nothing -- not anti-depressants, not psychotherapy, not even electroconvulsive therapy -- could break the cycle of debilitating sadnesses and manic highs.

So, in November 2000 she had an experimental device implanted in her chest at the University of Washington Medical Center."