Neurosurgery for mental disorder (NMD)

Explains what NMD is, what the operation is like, possible side effects and alternative surgical treatments. Also covers the law around consent to treatment by NMD.

Your stories

A journey to recovery through art

Andy Hollinghurst discusses how art has been a release for him and has helped him on his way to recovery.

Andy Hollinghurst
Posted on 02/06/2017

Talking can save lives

Nikki Mattocks
Posted on 11/05/2017

My OCD: A Monster in My Mind

Foyez blogs about his experience with OCD and being interviewed for BBC’s Horizon special on OCD.

Foyez Syed
Posted on 26/08/2015

Useful contacts

Who else could help?

Care Quality Commission

National Customer Services: 03000 616161
Inspects health care services and protects the rights of people receiving treatment under the Mental Health Act.


Healthcare Inspectorate Wales

029 2092 8850
The independent inspectorate and regulator of all healthcare in Wales.


Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland

0131 313 8777 or 0800 389 6809 
Provides information on the law relating to mental health treatment in Scotland.


National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)
Provides guidelines for treatment within the NHS, including guidance on vagus nerve stimulation (VNS).



0845 120 3778
Organisation supporting people with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Provides information about neurosurgery for mental disorder as a treatment for OCD.


This information was published in February 2018. We will revise it in 2021.

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