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Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) is a non-invasive, low-intensity technique of brain stimulation, in which small current is passed through the brain with the help of two electrodes placed on the person’s head. In a typical session, current of 1 to 2 mA is given continuously for 30 minutes, of which only a fraction reaches the brain. However, because of the plasticity and excitability of the brain makes it sensitive to even low intensity stimulation of direct current. tDCS produces lasting changes in the functioning of the brain because of which it has been used for the treatment of various neurological and psychiatric disorders.
There have been no adverse effects reported such as hospitalization, cardiac arrest, seizures, or death, although there are mild side effects that are commonly reported such as itching, skin redness and burning sensation which are usually limited to the duration of the sessions and are well-tolerated. Within the parameters used to conduct the tDCS session, it is found to be a safe treatment option which is well-tolerated.

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How effective is Direct Cranial Stimulation for OCD?

Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) has been found to be an effective treatment for people with treatment-resistant OCD in decreasing their OCD symptoms and symptoms of other co-morbid conditions such as anxiety and depression.

What are the benefits of Direct Cranial Stimulation for OCD?

As 40% of people with OCD may not respond well to conventional treatment options such as pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy, transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) is a generally safe treatment option that helps them in decreasing their obsessive-compulsive symptoms.

How many numbers of sessions are required?

The number of sessions depends on the person’s severity of OCD and how responsive they are to the treatment.

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