Depression leading to attempted suicide after bilateral subthalamic nucleus stimulation for Parkinson's disease

Mov Disord. 2002 Sep;17(5):1084-5. doi: 10.1002/mds.10198.


Subthalamic nucleus stimulation is emerging as an effective surgical therapy for Parkinson's disease. It is considered to be a safe procedure with little morbidity, the most common complications being intracranial haemorrhage and hardware failure. We report on three cases of depression, one of whom attempted suicide after bilateral subthalamic nucleus stimulation.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Adult
  • Cognition Disorders / diagnosis
  • Cognition Disorders / etiology
  • Depressive Disorder, Major / diagnosis
  • Depressive Disorder, Major / etiology*
  • Electric Stimulation Therapy / psychology*
  • Functional Laterality / physiology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neuropsychological Tests
  • Parkinson Disease / therapy*
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Subthalamic Nucleus / physiology*
  • Suicide, Attempted / psychology*