Man experiences bizarre side-effect after deep brain stimulation to treat OCD

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Man Becomes Johnny Cash Fan After Undergoing Deep Brain Stimulation


A 59-year-old Dutch man, known only as Mr. B, had two electrodes implanted in his brain and underwent deep brain stimulation to treat his obsessive-compulsive disorder. He says he came out a different man.

Half year after surgery, he claimed he was suddenly an avid Johnny Cash fan.

Mr. B was formerly interested in Dutch-language songs as well as The Beatles and The Rolling Stones -- though now he owns all of the icon's music and DVDs and claims there's a Johnny Cash song for every situation.

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Man experiences bizarre side-effect after deep brain stimulation to treat OCD
Country singing legend Johnny Cash is shown during a program for his grandniece Kellye Cash, the latest Miss America, who is being welcomed back home to Jackson, Tenn., Oct. 17, 1986. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Country and western musicians Johnny Cash, left, and Waylon Jennings exchange a few wordsin between songs at Sunday's FarmAid benefit concert held at the Memorial Stadium of the University of Illinois at Champaign, Ill., Sept. 23, 1985. (AP Photo/Mary Allen, pool)
Singer Johnny Cash, left, and Jerry Wexler, Warner Bros. record executive, share a laugh with Cash's stepdaughter, Carlene Carter, during the good luck party held at the Biltmore Hotel in New York, June 9, 1978. The party was held to celebrate the release of the 22-year-old Ms. Carter's latest album, recently recorded in London. (AP Photo/Rick Bocklet)
Johnny Cash sings with his wife, June Carter Cash, at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Feb. 18, 1985. (AP Photo/Ron Frehm)
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A study published in Frontier in Behavioral Neuroscience reports the deep brain stimulation, also known as DBS, decreased Mr. B's OCD and other feelings of desperation. He now feels so confident that he calls himself "Mr. B II."

The study reports:

"It could be suggested that the image he creates when listening to songs of Johnny Cash seems to match his 'new' confident self."

Mr. B was given DBS that targeted the nucleus accumbens to treat his symptoms of OCD and depression.

According to the International OCD Foundation, DBS allows doctors to generate a variety of electrical charges, which is beneficial because the patient is able to receive a broader spectrum of treatments.

"What we do is we implant electrodes or wires in the brain"
"We use those wires to deliver a very fine electrical current."

According to researchers, more analysis is necessary to confirm these initial findings.
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