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

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.

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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sylvabugg2 May 21 2014 at 4:41 PM

Could be worse, he could be obsessed with Justin Beiber. Ewww!

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muffin sylvabugg2 May 21 2014 at 6:47 PM

What a horrible thought.

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uncsteven48 May 21 2014 at 4:18 PM

I guess Cash is better than Ethyl Merman.

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ladyclairol20 uncsteven48 May 21 2014 at 7:19 PM


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Susie uncsteven48 May 22 2014 at 10:16 AM

You mean Ethel Merman; Ethyl's last name is Alcohol.

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dwtomczyk May 21 2014 at 5:36 PM

if he became a johnny cash fan it's good

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David May 21 2014 at 7:30 PM

Still sounds like OCD to me!

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guinnessfan May 21 2014 at 9:37 PM

Awesome! They cured his OCD and the only side effect is OCD. Solid scientific progress.

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Margaret May 21 2014 at 8:48 PM

so much for the OCD treatment. Now he has OCD with Johnny Cash memorabilia

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scottcearley May 21 2014 at 5:06 PM

Hogwash.. Distraction from real news

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pdoh45 scottcearley May 21 2014 at 7:07 PM

Oh, yes; let's have another murder/rape story, please. And then, lest we become too happy and hopeful, show us some pictures of mutilated bodies of bombing victims being pulled from the burning rubble. If you are so obsessed with "real news", why are you reading a story with the kicker "bizarre" in the headline instead of watching CNN? Perhaps you were looking for a solution to your own OCD?

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papabudlight May 21 2014 at 8:43 PM

They ain't sticking no wire in my brain.

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jdk47 May 22 2014 at 11:41 AM

Let me make sure I get this straight...crazy person exhibits more craziness after treatment and the "experts" are astounded? What would we do without "experts"?

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thetreeman May 21 2014 at 9:27 PM

a whole new research of how to control thought with the electrodes and subliminal suggestions, electronic hypnosis.

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