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Overview

Transcranial Direct-Current Stimulation (tDCS) is a neuromodulation technique which is portable and wearable and that delivers a low electric current to the scalp. It makes lasting and immediate changes in the functioning of the brain. The current is applied on specific brain regions to boost the activity of already active neurons. tDCS is applied for various physical and mental health issues such as schizophrenia, depression, addiction, aphasia, chronic pain (fibromyalgia, migraine), attention, epilepsy, and motor rehabilitation. It can also be used for non-medical purposes such as relaxation, focus, meditation, and accelerated learning.

During the procedure, electrodes are placed on a person’s head and kept in place usually by an elastic strap. Each electrode is connected by a cable to a stimulator, which when turned on, passes electric current from the device to the electrode and through the brain.

There are minor side-effects of tDCS which include nausea, headache, dizziness, itching, skin redness, and tingling. No irreversible effects or lasting injury has been found from tDCS.
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What are the benefits of Direct Cranial Stimulation for Depression?

It has an antidepressant effect similar to antidepressant medications, and also improves mood, memory, and attention in depressed individuals.

How does it work?

Electrodes, which are connected to the tDCS device, are attached to the scalp and low intensity of electric current is passed through the brain. 

How many numbers of sessions are required? 

It depends on the person’s severity of condition, how effective tDCS is for them, and the usefulness of other treatment options for the person, including psychiatric medications and therapy sessions.